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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Daniel Engber, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner examine whether Steven Spielberg’s new animated Tintin movie lives up to its comic book roots. Next, they look at how the word processor changed the writing process. For their final segment, Gabfesters revel in the glories of Pina, the new 3-D dance documentary about the life and work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Dana’s review of The Adventures of Tintin.
Slate’s browbeat blog with an excerpt from The Adventures of Hergé, a graphic biography about Tintin’s real-life author, Georges Remi.
Slate’s Sam Adams reviews two new Hergé biographies, Hergé: Son of Tintin and the illustrated The Adventures of Hergé.
Danish filmmaker Anders Østergaard’s documentary Tintin & I.
The Adventures of Tintin’s official site.
Wikipedia’s entry for “the uncanny valley.”
Experience “the uncanny valley” for yourself.
The New York Public Library’s web version of Matthew Kirschenbaum’s lecture, “Stephen King’s Wang: The Literary History of Word Processing.”
The New York Times’ article on Matthew Kirschenbaum and the history of word processing.
Jill Krementz’s photography collection The Writer’s Desk.
Wikipedia’s entry for word processors.
The Museum of User Interfaces’ brief history of word processors.
Daniel Engber’s review of Pina.
The New York Times’ obituary of choreographer Pina Bausch.
Collider.com’s interview with Pina director Wim Wenders.
A clip from the Astaire/Rogers classic Top Hat.
Pina’s official site.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s pick: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum’s New York Public Library lecture, “Stephen King’s Wang,” at archive.org. Also, the Pina soundtrack.
Daniel’s pick: The Journal of the Moving Image essay, “Lumiere’s Arrival of the Train: Cinema’s Founding Myth.”
Outro: “Lilies of the Valley” by Jun Miyake from the Pina Soundtrack
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The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
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