Slate's Culture Gabfest on Oprah Winfrey, the "data-driven life," and Please Give.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Oprah Winfrey, the "data-driven life," and Please Give.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Oprah Winfrey, the "data-driven life," and Please Give.

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May 5 2010 12:22 PM

The Culture Gabfest, Optimization of Selfhood Edition

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner discuss Kitty Kelley's unauthorized biography of Oprah Winfrey, the "Data-Driven Life" as quantified by Gary Wolf in the New York Times Magazine, and Nicole Holofcener's new film Please Give.

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

June Thomas' review of Kitty Kelley's Oprah: A Biography.
Deborah Solomon's New York Times Q&A with Kitty Kelley.
Gary Wolf's New York Times Magazine piece "The Data-Driven Life."
Nicole Holofcener's new film, Please Give.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Berlin's Film Museum.
Julia's pick: The Arnold Arboreteum in Boston..
Stephen's pick: Shane Meadows' film This Is England.

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

Posted on May 5 by Matt Lieber at 12:22 p.m.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.

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.