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The Culture Gabfest’s Weekly Endorsements

Each Wednesday, Slate ’s Culture Gabfest closes with one endorsement from each gabber. This week, Slate ’s movie critic, Dana Stevens, recommended the work of comedian Paul F. Tompkins , whose one-hour special, “You Should Have Told Me , recently debuted on Comedy Central. He’s also playing live shows nationwide on his grass-roots ” Tompkins 300 ” tour. Deputy editor Julia Turner picked Jackie DeShannon’s song ” Splendor in the Grass ,” with vocal backing from the Byrds. She heard it on an episode of Fresh Air , and like Terry Gross, wonders why the song wasn’t a hit when it debuted in the ‘60s. DoubleX editor Ha n na Rosin raved about t he memoirs of Diana Athill , a renowned British book editor in her 90s who writes movingly about editing, aging, and her singular version of a liberated life. Culture critic Stephen Metcalf recently discovered Oakland indie-rock outfit Rogue Wave and recommended their first album , Out of the Shadow . And Gabfest producer Jesse Baker wants you to watch a new SlateV feature, video endorsements from June Thomas and Dana Stevens. T his week , they discuss the “Theatricality” episode of  Glee on FOX .

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