Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, and Carmen Callil's resignation over Philip Roth's Man Booker International…

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May 25 2011 7:28 AM

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Listen to Slate's show about Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, and the latest controversy over acclaimed novelist Philip Roth.


Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 140 with Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, and Dana Stevens using the audio player below or by .

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, and Dana Stevens discuss Lady Gaga's monumentally camp new album Born This Way, the state of Dylanology on Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, and Carmen Callil's vehement objection to the Man Booker International Prize being awarded to Philip Roth.

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

Jody Rosen's review of Lady Gaga and Born This Way in Slate.
Slate's Jonah Weiner on Gaga as "
Pop's Most Pretentious Starlet."
Gaga's new videos for
"Born This Way" and "Edge of Glory."
1980s rock stars Pat Benatar and Bonnie Tyler.
The viral YouTube video of Greyson Chance performing "Paparazzi."
Ann Powers' comparison of Gaga's latest to Bob Dylan's early protest songs.
Slate's John Dickerson on
Dylan's 70th birthday and his new biographies.
Ron Rosenbaum on
Dylan and his "Bobolators" in Slate.
Dylan's autobiography
Martin Scorsese's Dylan documentary
No Direction Home.
Jody's review of Bob Dylan's 2006 album Modern Times.
The Rolling Stone interview in which Dylan says he feels like he's
"walking around in the ruins of Pompeii."
Gabfesters' favorite Dylan songs "You're a Big Girl Now," "Simple Twist of Fate," and "Up To Me."
The Guardian's report on Philip Roth's Man Booker International Prize and judge Carmen Callil's protest.
Callil'scolumn on why she quit the Man Booker panel.
Brow Beat's roundup of
Slate's articles on Roth.
Terence Blacker's comparison of the Roth and Dylan reassessments in the Independent.
Roth novels
Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint, Operation Shylock, and American Pastoral.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Arnold Schoenberg's arrangement of Claude Debussy's
"Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun."
Jody's picks: Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography and the American blues singer Alberta Hunter's late-career record Amtrak Blues.
Steve's picks: Philip Roth's
The Ghost Writer and Camera Obscura's "Anti-Western" (from their album Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi).

Outro: "Anti-Western," by Camera Obscura.

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