Slate's Culture Gabfest on Whatever Works, True Blood, and A Vindication of Love.

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June 24 2009 12:32 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Woody Allen's new film, Whatever Works; the HBO vampire drama True Blood; and A Vindication of Love, Cristina Nehring's defense of swooning passion.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

The official site for Whatever Works.
Dana Stevens' review of Whatever Works.
Mark Harris' piece on Woody Allen and Larry David in New York magazine.
HBO's official site for True Blood.
Maureen Ryan's review of the second season of True Blood in the Chicago Tribune.
Video of the Hollywood Reporter's Emmy roundtable featuring True Blood's Alan Ball.
Meghan O'Rourke's review of Cristina Nehring's A Vindication of Love in Slate.
Katie Roiphe's review of A Vindication of Love in the New York Times Book Review.
Nehring's piece on the female orgasm in The Nation.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Julia's pick: a YouTube remix that wonders what would happen if Buffy the Vampire Slayer met Edward Cullen from Twilight.
Dana's pick: Nico Pitney's coverage of the postelection protests in Iran on the Huffington Post.
Stephen's picks: Pedro the Lion's album It's Hard To Find a Friend and Dmitri Shostakovich's "String Quartet No. 10."

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