The Culture Gabfest, "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" Edition

The Culture Gabfest, "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" Edition

The Culture Gabfest, "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" Edition

Slate's weekly roundtable.
July 21 2010 12:26 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" Edition

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Christopher Nolan's summer blockbuster, Inception,and Old Spice's mesmerizing ad campaign.Slate's Josh Levin joins the gabbers to talk about Steve Jobs and the woes of the iPhone 4.

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


Slate's Dana Stevens' review of Inception.
Five possible ways of reading Inception's ending on Slate's Brow Beat blog.
IMDB's pages for Face/Off and Being John Malkovich.
Consumer Reports' rejectionof the new iPhone.
Slate's Farhad Manjoo's reviewof  the iPhone 4 and Steve Job's latest press conference.
Watch the Old Spice ad that got it all started here.
The Daily Beastrecaps the rise of the Old Spice guy.
Why the Old Spice guy is good for America in The Root.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: The film Web site and discussion board MUBI.
Julia's pick: Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians, particularly the essay on General Gordon.
Steve's pick: The introductions to the Penguin Classic editions of Thomas Hardy's Selected Poems, Arthur Schopenhauer's Essays and Aphorisms , Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim,and Graham Greene's The Quiet American.

Watch this week's video endorsement from Dana and June.


Outro: Lynyrd Skynyrd's "That Smell"

Dana Stevens and June Thomas on Huge: A Great Little TV Show

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Posted by Jesse Baker on July 21 at 12:26 p.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, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.