Breaking Bad, Cowboys & Aliens, and the death of painter Lucian Freud on this week's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner discuss the new sci-fi Western mashup Cowboys & Aliens. Next, they discuss whether it's time to start watching AMC's award-winning drama Breaking Bad. For their final segment, they're joined by Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg to discuss the death of painter Lucian Freud.

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

The official site of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens.
Josh Levin's review of
Cowboys & Aliens for Slate.
Dana's reviews of other recent Westerns True Grit and Meek's Cutoff.
The official site of last weekend's other sci-fi opening Attack the Block.
The official site of AMC's Breaking Bad.
Jessica Grose and June Thomas' recaps of Season 4 Episodes
1, 2, and 3 for Slate.
David Segal's NYT Magazine article on Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan.
Troy Patterson's 2008 review of the first season of Breaking Bad for Slate.
Slate's long-running "TV Club" for Mad Men.
William Grimes' NYT obituary for British painter
Lucian Freud.
Jerry Saltz's New York article on Lucian Freud and "
Why Artists You Don't Love Can Still Be Great."
Christopher Benfey's 2008 slide-show essay on "
Lucian Freud, Unbuttoned" for Slate.
Australian performance artist
Leigh Bowery.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Constantin Stanislavski's seminal acting book An Actor Prepares.
June's picks: Tayari Jones' 2011 novel Silver Sparrow and Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel Brooklyn.
Jacob's pick: Jacob co-endorses Brooklyn, and also recommends The Decemberists' most recent album, The King Is Dead.
Julia's pick: Adult Swim's police procedural spoof NTSF:SD:SUV::.

Outro: "June Hymn" by The Decemberists

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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.

Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy. Follow him on Twitter.

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