Slate's Culture Gabfest on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, spoilers, and Tony Judt.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Dan Kois to discuss the new comic action film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the rules regulating spoilers, and sit down with Jacob Weisberg to discuss the death of the British historian Tony Judt.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

The book Israel Kamakawiwooles Facing Futureby Dan Kois.
Dan Kois' slide show on the
Scott Pilgrim comic for Slate.
The official site for Scott Pilgrim vs the World and graphic artist Bryan Lee O'Malley.
Dan Kois' spoiler statute of limitations and his defense of the American water cooler in New York.
Alessandra Stanley's Mad Men Season 4 spoiler in
the New York Times.
Awl posts on the history and art of spoiling.
Tony Judt's series of
personal essays in the New York Review of Books.
The Tests and Trials of Tony Judt" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Christopher Hitchens on dealing with his own illness in Vanity Fair.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Roger Miller's Greatest Hits
Julia's pick:  MGMT's song "
Electric Feel"
Jacob's pick: Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Steve's pick: Not cow, not sheep, nor horse, nor chicken but Alpaca dung fertilizer to make his garden grow.

Outro: Roger Miller's "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd"

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Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

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.

Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy. Follow him on Twitter.



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