Culture Gabfest: The Artist, Weed Wars, and the Kardashians. 

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Dec. 7 2011 2:31 PM

The Culture Gabfest, “Live From the City Winery” Edition

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In this week's special live Culture Gabfest at New York’s City Winery, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss a new ode to the silent screen era, The Artist, and the new Discovery Channel show Weed Wars. For their final segment, the Gabfesters try to keep up with the Kardashians.

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


Dana’s Slate review of The Artist.
Harvey Weinstein’s plan for The Artist to win an Oscar.
Slate’s Forrest Wickman asks whether movies about movies have an advantage in awards season.’s interviews with The Artist’s director Michel Hazanavicius and the film’s stars.
The Artist’s official site.
June Thomas’ Slate piece on the Discovery Channel’s new show Weed Wars
MTV’s True Life episode on the marijuana business.
Slate’s Explainer asks, “Is it more dangerous to drive drunk or stoned?
The history of marijuana laws, at Cato Unbound.
The Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars official site.
New York’s assessment of modern American pot culture.
Slate’s look at Kardashian divorce jokes on Twitter.
Slate’s L.V. Anderson on Kim Kardashian and six other highly profitable reality star weddings.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians Wikipedia page.
The New York Times’ Frank Bruni on Kim Kardashian’s divorce.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Ford thinks Kim’s brief marriage was just a big hoax.
US Magazine’s love affair with Kim Kardashian.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ official site.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s pick: Reading the “codex” of We Need To Talk About Kevin (or any book) in bed.
Julia’s pick: Gabfest listeners, for supplying The Little Drummer Boy Christmas challenge.
Steve’s pick: Bedrock Wine’s “Ode to Lulu” Rose, the John Cusack/Tim Robbins classic Tapeheads and Alec Guinness’ timeless turn in the original screen adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

Outro: Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women"

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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.



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