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In this week's Gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin along with Slate senior editors Jessica Grose and Kate Julian discuss whether Amanda Knox’s beauty and privilege affected her murder case; whether women are self-conscious about the number of men they’ve slept with, as in the movie What’s Your Number?; and Katie Roiphe’s essay in Slate “Single Moms Are Crazy!”
The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:
Jessica Grose recommends HBO’s new series Enlightened, in which Laura Dern plays a woman who has a nervous breakdown, goes to a New Age rehab, and tries to resume her life as a better person—while still grappling with the anger underneath. The show premieres on Oct. 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Hanna Rosin adores the paintings of Kehinde Wiley, who is currently featured in an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., called 30 Americans. He paints everyday men in heroic settings, in the style of the old masters. See more of his work at his website.
Kate Julian went back and read Tad Friend’s profile of actress Anna Faris for our discussion of What’s Your Number?: “Funny Like a Guy: Anna Faris and Hollywood’s woman problem,” in the New Yorker. Even if you didn’t see this movie (which you probably shouldn’t), you should read Friend’s article.
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