Slate's Culture Gabfest on twentysomethings, The Expendables, and Arcade Fire's latest.

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Aug. 25 2010 10:33 AM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss twentysomethings in the New York Times Magazine with guest Jessica Grose; Sylvester Stallone's latest fossil-rich action flick, The Expendables; and the new Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs.

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

"What Is It About 20-Somethings?" in the New York Times Magazine.
"What's the Matter With Twentysomething Kids Today?": a Slate discussion.
Not Keeping Up With Our Parents, by Nan Mooney.
For more on adult pillow fights and light-saber battles check out
Watch the trailer for The Expendables here.
Jody's love letter to Jason Statham for Slate.
Arcade Fire's official Web site.
Read Jon Pareles' New York Times Magazine profile of Arcade Fire.
Jody's 2007 rave for Arcade Fire in Slate.
See Arcade Fire work the crowd here.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

June's pick: City Boy, Edmund White's account of living in New York in the 1960s and '70s.
Jody's pick: Michael Hirschorn's article "Quirked Around" in the Atlantic.
Dana's pick: The Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup and live-tweeting a film with your friends.

Watch June and Dana's video endorsement here:

Outro: Arcade Fire's "Wake Up"


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

Jody Rosen is a Slate contributor.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.



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