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Sentimental in the City

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“You men have no idea what we’re dealing with down there,” says Samantha in Season Three, Episode Nine of Sex and the City. “Teeth placement, and jaw stress, and gag reflex, and all the while bobbing up and down, moaning and trying to breath through our noses. Easy? Honey, they don’t call it a job for nothin’.” With lines as spot-on as this it’s no wonder the TV show, which aired from 1998 to 2004, endures as both a classic and the subject of major fandom. So it should come as no surprise, all these years later, that there’s still more to say about it. Caroline O’Donoghue, host of the books podcast Sentimental Garbage, is joined by Dolly Alderton (whose own successful podcast, The High Low with Pandora Sykes, ended in December) to talk all things Sex and the City. The series leaves intellectualism at the door, and is more the sort of thing to turn on while you’re cooking dinner with a martini in hand. In fact, it took O’Donoghue and Alderton two days to record the first episode, says O’Donoghue, “because we got so drunk the first time that we forgot to hit record.” Yet it goes beyond the predictable Sex and the City subjects with conversations about, yes, love, sex, and being in your 30s, but also about life and people and relationships. —J.V.

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