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This week, Critical Shopper Ruth La Ferla takes on that "fusion of theme park and treat shop" known as the Limelight Marketplace. She touches on all the usual themes: It's a church dedicated to consumption, a place where the wild self-indulgence of the '80s club scene has been replaced by a much less sexy form of indulgence involving buying yourself overpriced wellies. The best part of her review are the snippets of dialog from shoppers, which include a small boy claustrophobically muttering "This is depressing" and another visitor comparing the mall to a boy band. Her explanation: "You know, the kind where a group of gangly teenagers who never met and have nothing in common are forced together by some overbearing producer hell-bent on inventing rock’s next big thing." Ouch. [NYT]