This week on the Culture Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, host Julia Turner describes being reunited with her favorite childhood book, Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse!, which tells the tale of Henrietta, a mouse architect.
The Gabfesters debate the heroine’s occupation and the story’s gender norms, and later reflect on their favorite childhood stories. What is it like to reconnect with a lost book, video, or TV episode? Are the characters just as deeply pleasurable as they once were? How does it feel to encounter a thing that you’ve lost for three decades?