Slate's Culture Gabfest on Kick-Ass, the intersection of neuroscience and literature, and the Library of Congress' decision to archive Twitter.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Kick-Ass, the intersection of neuroscience and literature, and the Library of Congress' decision to archive…

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Kick-Ass, the intersection of neuroscience and literature, and the Library of Congress' decision to archive…

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April 21 2010 12:14 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the new film Kick-Ass, neuroscientists in English curriculum, and the Library of Congress' decision to preserve your tweets.

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

Dana Stevens' review of the new film Kick-Ass.
The official Web site for Kick-Ass.
Kick-Ass the graphic novel by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
The complete guide to every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The New York Times piece on neurolit as the next big thing in English departments.
Raymond Tallis' neurolit takedown in the Times of London online.
Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation by John Guillory and Stephen
Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare.
The Twitter feed for the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress' Flickr photostream.
The American Prospect interview with a librarian from The Library of Congress.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Culture Gabfest conversion-contest winner Alice Tynan's pick: The animated Aussie viral hit "Beached Whale,"some follow-up "Beached Whale" shorts, and actor Sam Neill's audition for one of the shorts.
Dana's pick: Willie Nelson's new CD Country Musicand The Weather Here by the Buttercups.
Julia's pick: The Lost Books of the Odyssey: A Novelby Zachary Mason.
Stephen's pick: Dana's gold leather jacket and the Swedish film Let the Right One In.


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

Posted on April 21 by Jesse Baker at 11:30 a.m.

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

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.