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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the fate of narcissism as a psychiatric disorder and director Andrew Jarecki's film All Good Things. They're joined by Slate pop critic Jonah Weiner to discuss Kanye West's latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The New York Times report that narcissistic personality disorder may be eliminated from the next edition of the DSM. Christopher Lasch's sociological best-seller The Culture of Narcissism.
Jimmy Carter's 1979 "malaise speech."
Ron Rosenbaum on "The Banality of Narcissism" in Slate.
Tom Wolfe on "The 'Me' Decade" in New York.
Neal Gabler attributes today's narcissism to social media in the Los Angeles Times.
Nancy McWilliams' manual Psychoanalytic Diagnosis.
The official Web site for All Good Things.
Andrew Jarecki's documentary Capturing the Friedmans.
Robert Durst's response to All Good Things in the New York Times.
The true-crime film Reversal of Fortune.
Jonathan Demme's Melvin and Howard.
Kanye West's new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Jonah Weiner's reviews of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and 808s and Heartbreakfor Slate, and his Twitter profile of Kanye.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy songs "All of the Lights" and "Monster."
Sean Combs' performance as Diddy Dirty-Money on Saturday Night Live.
The 2005 Time article "Why You Can't Ignore Kanye."
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Jennifer Homans' ballet history Apollo's Angels.
Julia's picks: the song "Shawty is da Sh*!" by The Dream and Rufus Wainwright's version of "Do It Again."
Jonah's pick: the 1992 horror film Candyman.
Steve's picks: John Mahoney's performance on the HBO series In Treatment and the latest Belle & Sebastian album Write About Love.
Outro: Belle & Sebastian "I Want the World to Stop."
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