The “Emily, Would You Please Stop Being So Emotional?” Gabfest

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The Audio Book Club Wonders Where’d You Go, Bernadette

This month, Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Maria Semple’s best-selling comic novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Our critics discuss the novel’s unique epistolary/documentary structure; hash out whether its satire of upper-crust parents is biting or toothless; and debate whether a comic novel has the same requirements of plot coherence and consistency as a non-comic one. Also, everyone wishes there was more stuff about architecture. Listen along!


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The Audio Book Club Wonders Where’d You Go, Bernadette

This month, Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Maria Semple’s best-selling comic novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Our critics discuss the novel’s unique epistolary/documentary structure; hash out whether its satire of upper-crust parents is biting or toothless; and debate whether a comic novel has the same requirements of plot coherence and consistency as a non-comic one. Also, everyone wishes there was more stuff about architecture. Listen along!


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What I’ll Miss Most About Going on The Colbert Report

I just lost my favorite gig. Not going on TV with Stephen Colbert—he is taking his fabulous writers and producers with him to CBS, so there may still be room in the suitcase for a little Supreme Court commentary, too. (I can hope.) I’m talking about prepping other guests for dealing with Colbert’s character. “Just tell him why he’s wrong,” I always told people who asked me how to handle his genius weirdness.


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The Sheriff Overstepped

Here’s how a longtime colleague of Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Fla., talks about him in the local press: “I kid him: ‘The most dangerous place in Polk County is to get between you and a TV camera,’” said Gary Hester, now a local police chief. “He just laughs. But he’s worked the media very well.”


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