Jill Abramson in The New Yorker, “The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright” in New York, and GOP wives on this week’s DoubleX Gabfest.

How Ann Romney Is an Old-Fashioned Republican Wife, on the DoubleX Gabfest

How Ann Romney Is an Old-Fashioned Republican Wife, on the DoubleX Gabfest

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DoubleX Gabfest: The Hungry for Glory Edition

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In this week's Gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin along with Slate senior editor Jessica Grose and special guest Daily Intel blogger Noreen Malone discuss Noreen’s New York Magazine cover story, “The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright,” Ken Auletta’s profile of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson in The New Yorker, and the wives of the GOP presidential candidates.

The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:

Noreen Malone has two recommendations. The first is Marjorie Williams’ profile of Barbara Bush, “Barbara’s Backlash,” in Vanity Fair and also in Williams’ collection of essays, Reputation: Portraits in Power. The second, more lowbrow recommendation is stories about the relationship of society couple Mercedes Kellogg and Sid Bass—a 1986 profile of their scandalous marriage in New York called “The Bolters,” and the current coverage of their divorce in the New York Post.

Hanna Rosin heartily endorses the new season of Parks and Recreation, which is currently airing on NBC, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. She thinks this season is the funniest yet and implores you to watch it.


Jessica Grose enjoyed the new Steve McQueen movie Shame, which is about a sex addict played by the versatile Michael Fassbender. It takes place in the grittier parts of New York City, and Carey Mulligan stars as Fassbender’s unstable sister. The film will be out on Dec. 2.

Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:

Jill Abramson’s voice, discussing her new book The Puppy Diaries:

Ann Romney’s Planned Parenthood Donation” in the New York Times.