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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Errol Morris' new Rashomon-meets-manacled-Mormon documentary Tabloid and the long-awaited arrival of music-streaming service Spotify. For their final segment, they're joined by comedian and podcast host Marc Maron to discuss his podcast WTF with Marc Maron.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The official site of Errol Morris' new documentary Tabloid.
Dana's review of Tabloid in Slate.
The New York Times' article about Joyce McKinney's protests of the doc.
A video of one of McKinney's protests filmed at Doc NYC.
A description of Morris' invention the Interrotron.
Previous Morris documentaries The Thin Blue Line and Standard Operating Procedure.
The sculptures of Constantin Brancusi.
The official site where you can sign up for music streaming service Spotify.
Farhad Manjoo's article hailing Spotify as "The World's Greatest Music Service."
Brow Beat's post testing Spotify's catalog against the eclectic range of Girl Talk.
The NYT's Ben Sisario on Spotify's arrival and how it compares to its European cousin.
WNYC's Soundcheck on whether Spotify is worth it for musicians.
Gabfest listeners' "Summer Strut" playlist on Spotify.
The official site of the comedy podcast WTF with Marc Maron.
Dan Saltzstein's New York Times profile of Maron.
Guy Raz's interview with Maron for All Things Considered.
Maron's episodes interviewing Dan Harmon, Louis C.K., Dave Foley, and Todd Hanson.
The Wiki for meta-comedy sitcom The Larry Sanders Show.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Johnny Cash's cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind."
Julia's pick: Busby Berkeley's 1933 musical Gold Diggers of 1933.
Marc's picks: Sam Lipsyte's novels Home Landand The Ask (you can also listen to Gabfesters' discussion of The Ask in their "First Ever Live Gabfest" edition).
Steve's picks: Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Letter to New York," Robert F. Worth's NYT Magazine report from "Yemen on the Brink of Hell," and Marc Maron's Montreal Comedy Festival set on YouTube.
Outro: "If You Could Read My Mind" as performed by Johnny Cash.
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