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. Stephen Fry will return to the stage in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night after 17 years.
  2. Apparently Lincoln was also a vampire slayer.
  3. Nelson Jones of the New Statesman on the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II’s role in the CoE.