The Culture Gabfest, "It's Not Me, It's Me" Edition

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Dec. 8 2010 8:18 AM

The Culture Gabfest, "It's Not Me, It's Me" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the week in culture.


Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 116 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Jonah Weiner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed via iTunes or directly with our RSS feed. Find the Culturefest Facebook page here. Leave us a note and see what other listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

This episode of the Slate Culture Gabfest and a special
Insider Surveyfor this podcast are brought to you by the new 2011 Hyundai Equus. Discover the Hyundai Equus, the new premium luxury sedan from Hyundai offering first-class refinement and features, including an iPad equipped with the Equus Owners' Manual App. And take the Insider Survey for the Culture Gabfest at That's

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."

You can e-mail us at

This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker. Our intern is Forrest Wickman.

Follow us on the new Culturefest Twitter feed. And please Like the Culture Gabfeston Facebook.

Like Slate on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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.

Jonah Weiner is Slate's pop critic.



Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows


The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

We Could Fix Climate Change for Free. Now There’s Just One Thing Holding Us Back.

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 7:03 PM Once Again, a Climate Policy Hearing Descends Into Absurdity
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 7:23 PM MIT Researchers Are Using Smartphones to Interact With Other Screens
  Health & Science
Sept. 17 2014 4:49 PM Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music Is it art or a true threat of violence?
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?