The Culture Gabfest, Teen Beat Edition
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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland and possible extradition to California for sentencing on a decades-old sexual abuse case, the new Fox TV musical drama Glee, and the New York Times Magazine cover story on gay middle-schoolers.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:
The Los Angeles Times' ongoing coverage of the Polanski scandal.
Victim Samantha Geimer's 2003 op-ed on Polanski in the Los Angeles Times.
Brian Palmer's "Explainer" column for Slate on the Polanski charges.
Kate Harding's post on Salon's Broadsheet blog.
Carl Franzen posts from pro- and anti-Polanski bloggers on the Atlantic Wire blog.
In Slate, Troy Patterson disses the 2008 documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired; Kim Masters breaks down what it got wrong.
The Smoking Gun's archive on Polanski.
The official Web site for Glee, including full episodes.
The Newark Star Ledger's Alan Sepinwall reviews Glee's spring and fall premieres.
Benoit Denizet-Lewis' story on gay teenagers coming out of the closet in the NYTimes Magazine.
Joe Coscarelli's post for Mediaite on whether Denizet-Lewis' story exploits its teenage subjects.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: June Thomas' series "The American Way of Dentistry" in Slate.
Julia's pick: Masterpiece Theatre's post-Cold War spy comedy Sleepers.
June's pick: Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences by Sarah Schulman.
Stephen's picks: The song "Promises" by Carla Thomas and the album Creaturesque by Throw Me the Statue.
June Thomas is a Slate culture critic. Follow her on Twitter.
Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.