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In this week’s gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, Slate senior editor Jessica Grose, and special guest, Slate national correspondent Will Saletan discuss the sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain, Steven Pinker’s new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined and his argument about how the feminization of our culture has lead to a lower crime rate. Finally, Hanna Rosin interviews New Yorker star Susan Orlean about Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.
The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:
Jessica Grose recommends two movies: The film festival hit directed by Lynn Shelton, My Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass, and the ‘80s classic F/X, starring Bryan Brown (of Cocktail fame!) and Brian Dennehy. Which is currently available on Netflix instant.
Will Saletan is taken by the audio book of Tropic of Cancer. He’s been surprised by how the hero’s misogyny is linked to his self-loathing.
Hanna Rosin likes two books she’s read recently. The memoir Bitch is the New Black by Helena Andrews has a riotously funny first chapter, and the more sober Is Marriage for White People?: How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone, by Stanford Law professor Ralph Richard Banks.
Links to other things we’ve read this week:
Herman Cain’s interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel
David Weigel’s continuing coverage of the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal on Slate
“Cain’s Accuser Got a Year’s Salary in Severance Pay” in The New York Times
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