Slate's Culture Gabfest on giving up the Internet, summer television, and fireworks.

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June 30 2010 11:38 AM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics invite cartoonist James Sturm on to discuss his four months without the Internet, ask June Thomas why summer TV is better than ever, and host a fight between Troy Patterson and Daniel Engber about whether fireworks are worthwhile.

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

James Sturm's series on  quitting  the Internet on Slate.
The list of summer TV shows June Thomas is watching:  The Good Guys,  Drop Dead Diva Burn Notice,  Rizzoli and Isles,  White Collar, and  Pretty Little Liars.
And Julia Turner's must-see summer show  Make It or Break It.
Troy Patterson's take on why  fireworks  are lame in Slate.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: David Garland's podcast of the radio show  Movies on the Radio on WQXR.
Julia's pick: Taio Cruz's song "Dynamite."
Steve's pick: Michael Chabon's book  Wonder Boys.

Musical Outro: Taio Cruz "Dynamite."

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

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

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

James Sturm is the director of The Center of Cartoon Studies, a MFA Degree-Granting College in White River Junction, Vt.

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


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