Every week I listen to Slate Magazine’s Political Gabfest. I always look forward to what the three hosts, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon, include at the end of the podcast for their topics of conversation at their weekly cocktail parties. Being a fan of both cocktail chatter and cocktail parties, I decided to riff on that theme and add my weekly top three stories that I think would be great conversation pieces at weekly cocktail parties.

  1. Liz Phair defends Lana Del Rey in the Wall Street Journal.
  2. Keep fighting British republicans, turns out the monarchy is stronger than ever.
  3. The most romantic cities in the world, via the Atlantic.
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