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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are smitten with the new indie romance Weekend. Next, they watch the perennial television favorite Dancing With the Stars and try to sort out why it’s so popular. For their final segment, they consider the legacy of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Dana’s Slate review of Weekend.
A.O. Scott’s review of Weekend in the New York Times.
An interview with Weekend director Andrew Haigh at Towleroad.
John Updike’s review of The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst. ($)
Weekend’s official Tumblr.
Dana’s 2005 Slate review of Dancing With the Stars.
The controversy over transsexual Dancing With the Stars contestant Chaz Bono, at E! Online.
Dancing With the Stars contestant Nancy Grace has a wardrobe malfunction.
The official site of Dancing With the Stars.
Slate’s Farhad Manjoo on Steve Jobs.
Mike Daisey’s op-ed about Jobs and nostalgia in the New York Times.
Gawker’s contrarian take on the legacy of Apple’s famed founder.
Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, at the New York Times.
Slate’s Rachael Larimore on Jobs’ other great legacy, Pixar.
Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s pick: Meghan O’Rourke on Steve Jobs. Also, the Filmspotting podcast.
Julia’s pick: Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom. The Ira Glass sex tape. And a retraction: Do not watch Two Broke Girls!
Steve’s pick: Final Cut by Stephen Bach
Outro: "Dancing With Myself," a cover by Nouvelle Vague.
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