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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Kurt Andersen’s new Vanity Fair article lamenting 20 years of cultural stagnation. Next, they take a look at comic Louis C.K.’s new stand-up special. For their final segment, Gabfesters consider Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year.”
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Kurt Andersen’s Vanity Fair article, “You Say You Want a Devolution?”
Francis Fukuyama’s seminal essay, “The End of History.”
Kurt Andersen’s tweet celebrates the 30th anniversary of the yuppie.
Kurt Andersen’s official home page.
Slate’s David Haglund on Louis C.K.’s new one-hour special.
Slate’s Troy Patterson reviews Louis C.K.’s television series.
New York’s Vulture reports that Louis C.K.’s special is earning “big bucks.”
Slate’s interview with Louis C.K. earlier this year.
Louis C.K., Live at the Beacon Theater’s official website.
Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year.” ($)
Media Beat’s interview with EW’s executive editor Kristen Baldwin.
The Los Angeles Times’ Culture Monster blog on the selection of Daniel Radcliffe as entertainer of the year.
Slate’s Mike Spies listens to Adele’s new album.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s pick: The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley.
Julia’s pick: Kristen Wiig’s flirting consultant Rebecca LaRue and the acting chops of Katy Perry, on this week’s Saturday Night Live.
Steve’s pick: The song “A Minor Place” by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the new pizza truck in Hudson, NY.
Outro: Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “A Minor Place”
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