Slate's Culture Gabfest on Joanna Newsom, The Marriage Ref, and rules for writing fiction.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Joanna Newsom, The Marriage Ref, and rules for writing fiction.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Joanna Newsom, The Marriage Ref, and rules for writing fiction.

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March 3 2010 10:23 AM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss singer song-writer Joanna Newsom, the new NBC show The Marriage Ref, and the Guardian's collection of writers' rules for writing fiction.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Slate's review of Joanna Newsom's latest CD, Have One on Me, by Jonah Weiner.
Slate's review of Newsom's first CD, The Milk-Eyed Mender, by Jody Rosen.
The poems of Gerald Manley Hopkins.
The not-so-official site of the band Silver Jews.
NBC's The Marriage Refon Hulu.
Match Game on YouTube.
Full episodes of the ABC reality show Wife Swap.
Ten rules for writing fiction in the Guardian, Part 1 and Part 2.
John Keats' love letters to Fanny Brawne.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's picks: Writer Will Leitch on Roger Ebert in Deadspinand the new video  from the band OK Go.
Julia's pick: Lucinda Williams' song "Words."
Stephen's pick: The two-disc set Rough Trade for Indie.

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

Posted on March 3 by Jesse Baker at 10:23 a.m.

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

Jody Rosen is critic at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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.