Slate's Culture Gabfest on Inglourious Basterds, Project Runway,and the "Sketch Steve" contest.

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Aug. 26 2009 11:46 AM

The Culture Gabfest, the Springtime for Tarantino Edition

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 49 with Stephen Metcalf, Ron Rosenbaum, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: 

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Quentin Tarantino's new WWII fantasy, Inglourious Basterds, with special guest Ron Rosenbaum; the new, long-delayed season of the fashion design reality series Project Runway; and the winning sketches  of Steve.

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

The official Web site for Inglourious Basterds.
Dana Stevens' review of Inglourious Basterds in Slate.
Ron Rosenbaum's piece on Tarantino, The Sopranos, and violence in Slate.
Ron Rosenbaum and Dana Stevens on last year's Holocaust-themed Oscar bait, The Reader, in Slate.
Isaac Chotiner and readers discuss the merits and faults of Tarantino at the New Republic's blog the Plank.
The official Web site for Project Runway on Lifetime (where you can watch the first episode of the new season).
Dana Stevens' review of the first season of Project Runway in Slate.
Troy Patterson's review of the new season of Project Runway in Slate.
All of the entries in our "Sketch Steve" contest.
The winners of the "Sketch Steve" contest.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.
Julia's pick: The City Gardener's Handbook by Linda Yang.
Stephen's picks: The guitar playing of the Smiths' Johnny Marr, the Replacements' Paul Westerberg, and the Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Aug. 26. by Jacob Ganz at 11:45 a.m.

Aug. 19, 2009

You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Ponyo, the new film by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan's master animator; the to-do about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's opinions on health care reform; and the guitar documentary It Might Get Loud.

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

The official Web site for Ponyo.
Dana Stevens' review of Ponyo in Slate.
Just about everybody loves Miyazaki; Rotten Tomatoes says so.
Michael Cieply's article in the New York Times on a rare visit by Miyazaki to the United States.
Eric Etheridge's post on the John Mackey/Whole Foods/health care reform blowup on the New York Times' Opinionator blog.
Daniel Shorn's profile of Mackey on 60 Minutes.
AP coverage of Mackey's anonymous postings on a financial forum in 2007.
The official Web site for It Might Get Loud.
Jody Rosen's post in memory of Les Paul on Slate's "Brow Beat" blog.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: the photography archive blog Shorpy.com.
Stephen's picks: the two-disc Curtis Mayfield compilation The Anthology 1961-1977and Morrissey's Vauxhall and I.
Julia's picks: Mary J. Blige's cover of U2's "One" and the ABC Family original gymnastics series Make It or Break It.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com, and don't forget to vote for your favorite sketch of Stephen.

Posted on Aug. 19 by Jacob Ganz at 1:17 p.m.

Aug. 12, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 47 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, John Swansburg, and June Thomas by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

Get your 14-day free trial from our sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook, here. (Audiobook of the week: S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, read by Jim Fyfe.)

Find the Culturefest Facebook page here. Leave us a note, submit your sketch of Stephen, and see what other Culturefest listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the films of 1980s auteur John Hughes, the state of the ever more expensive rock concert, and the rise of cultural tourism.

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

Dana Stevens looks back at the career of John Hughes in Slate.
A.O. Scott's appraisal of Hughes' movies in the New York Times.
Cameron Frye admires Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Ron Rosenbaum gets Jack Nicholson's thoughts on Ferris Bueller in a 1986 interview for the New York Times Magazine (subscription required).
John Seabrook's New Yorker article on how Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and ticket scalpers have changed the concertgoing experience (registration required).
Cecilia Kang's article in the Washington Post on the latest developments in the proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
June Thomas' piece for Slate on her visit to the Wigan Pier Experience.
A selection of cultural vacation spots visited by the culturefesters:

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Stephen's picks: Robert Frost's poem "The Sound of Trees" and the Pizza on Earth restaurant in Charlotte, Vt.
Dana's pick: Dream Academy's cover of the Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" (from Ferris Bueller's Day Off).
John's pick: the forthcoming Criterion Collection DVD of Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco.
June's picks: vacationing in Canada in order to watch Canadian television or, barring that, tuning in to Lifetime's series Drop Dead Diva.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Aug. 12 by Jacob Ganz at 10:35 a.m.

Aug. 5, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 46 with Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

Get your 14-day free trial from our sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audio book, here. (Audiobook of the week: the complete and varied Meryl Streep on Audible.)

Find the Culturefest Facebook page here. Leave us a note and see what other Culturefest listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Meryl Streep's new movie about Julia Child, Julie & Julia; Amazon's beloved, vexing Kindle e-reader; and Josh Levin's new series on Slate about the end of America.

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

The official Web site for Julie & Julia.
Ariel Levy's piece on Julie & Julia director Nora Ephron in The New Yorker (registration required).
Brooks Barnes' piece about Ephron, Child, food and marriage in the New York Times.
Meryl Streep plays an original composition on the concertina on The Tonight Show (as if you needed more proof that she can do absolutely anything).
Nicholson Baker's takedown of the Kindle  in The New Yorker.
Jacob Weisberg's much more favorable assessment of the Kindle's future in Slate.
Farhad Manjoo writes that Amazon's Kindle is bad news for the publishing industry in Slate.
Marion Maneker's "The Kindle Chronicles" on Slate's sister site The Big Money.
Josh Levin's series, "How Will America End?," on Slate.
Levin's Choose Your Own Apocalypse game on Slate.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

June and Julia's pick: The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe.
Dana's pick: the food blog "The Tipsy Baker," written by Jennifer Reese.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Aug. 5 by Jacob Ganz at 12:00 a.m.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Ron Rosenbaum is the author of The Shakespeare Wars and Explaining Hitler. His latest book is How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III. 

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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