The Culture Gabfest, "Oh My God, Ugly People Can Sing" Edition
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Updated Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 12:02 PM
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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss their adventures in the world of Twitter, the new HBO feature adaptation of the documentary Grey Gardens, and the surprising Web obsession with the gifted but plain singer Susan Boyle.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:
Stephen's Twitter feed.
Dana's Twitter feed.
Julia's Twitter feed.
Oprah Winfrey tweets and interviews new-media titan Ashton Kutcher.
Virginia Heffernan's article on the poverty of connectivity in the New York Times Magazine.
Carolyn Kellogg looks at the "Amazon fail" scandal on Jacket Copy, the Los Angeles Times book blog.
The originalGrey Gardens at Criterion.com.
HBO's Web site for the new Grey Gardens.
Drew Barrymore talks about mother-daughter relationships—Barrymore and Beale—on Fresh Air.
Susan Boyle's astonishing performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent.
Boyle's 1999 performance of "Cry Me a River."
Sarah Lyall's article in the New York Times on Boyle's YouTube popularity.
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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.