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April 13 2011 10:26 AM

The Culture Gabfest, "Drinkable Suede" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the films of director Sidney Lumet, PBS' Vine Talk, and Meghan O'Rourke's new memoir The Long Goodbye.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the classic films of recently deceased director Sidney Lumet, and PBS' new celebrity wine talk show Vine Talk. For their third segment, they're joined by Slateculture critic Meghan O'Rourke to discuss her new memoir about grieving The Long Goodbye.

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

The New York Times obituary for American director Sidney Lumet.
Lumet's no-nonsense book on filmmaking, Making Movies.
Lumet films Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, Serpico, and 12 Angry Men.
A.O. Scott's "Critics Pick" video essays on Network, The Verdict, and Dog Day Afternoon.
Dana's review of Lumet's last feature film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
The official website for PBS' Vine Talk.
Troy Patterson's review of Vine Talk in Slate.
Terry Gross' interview with Vine Talk host Stanley Tucci on Fresh Air.
The writing of Slate's wine critic Mike Steinberger.
Meghan O'Rourke's upcoming memoir The Long Goodbye.
O'Rourke's Slate series on grief that formed the basis for her memoir.
The classic Kübler-Ross model of "
The Five Stages of Grief."
C.S. Lewis' book on mourning A Grief Observed.
Joan Didion's memoir about losing her husband The Year of Magical Thinking.

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The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's picks: Sidney Lumet and Paul Newman's commentary track on the collector's edition of The Verdict, Sidney Lumet's book Making Movies, and Roald Dahl's story about wine tasting, "Taste" (which is available in the collection Someone Like You).
Julia's picks: Sidney Lumet's book Making Movies, Australian rock band AC/DC, Stanley Tucci's interview on Fresh Air, and HBO's upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Meghan's picks: David Foster Wallace's 1996 novel Infinite Jest, and the TV drama Damages starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.
Steve's pick: The album Goya by Grenadine.

Outro: "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" by AC/DC as performed by The Orchestral Academy of Los Angeles.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

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.

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