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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear, AMC's new zombie apocalypse show The Walking Dead, and Masterpiece Mystery's irreverent new 21st century adaptation of Sherlock.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:
Visit the official page for the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
Troy Patterson catalogs the high and low points of the rally in Slate.
AMC's official site for The Walking Dead.
Slate's Josh Levin tries to figure out how modern zombies got so fast. *
Tim Cavanaugh reviewsThe Walking Dead and Dead Set in Slate.
The official site for Masterpiece's Sherlock, now airing on PBS in the United States.
Nathan Heller's slide show in Slate knocking last year's Sherlock Holmes and other adaptations for "crimes against the character."
bc-online.co.uk, a fan site honoring Sherlock's delightfully named star, Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Turner Classic Movies' film-school-in-a-month series Moguls and Movie Stars.
Julia's picks: 1) Unofficial opening titles for The Walking Dead made by fan Daniel Kanemoto, and 2) troubled New York-based discount clothing store Loehmann's.
June's pick: The Secret Historian, a biography of sexual experimenter, tattoo artist, and novelist Samuel Steward, by Justin Spring.
Stephen's pick: "Waltze of the Tennis Players/Armstrong Tourest Rest Home/Fraser & DeBolt Theme," a trio of songs by early-70s Canadian folk duo Fraser & DeBolt that appears on a compilation CD called "Music from Obscuristan.
Outro music: "Fresh Blood" by Eels
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Correction, Nov. 3, 2010: This article originally misspelled Josh Levin's last name. (Return to the corrected line.)