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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Slate’s Bryan Curtis to discuss Curtis’ New York Times Magazine profile of George Lucas, whose latest film Red Tails, about the Tuskegee airmen in World War II, opened last week. Next, they consider the pros and cons of the collaborative vs. solitary workplace. For their final segment, it’s “sh*t Gabfesters say” as the new YouTube meme gets thoroughly dissected.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Bryan Curtis’ New York Times Magazine profile of George Lucas.
Slate blogger Forrest Wickman’s review of Red Tails.
George Lucas’ short-film 6.18.67, shot during the filming of Mackenna’s Gold.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’s heart removal scene.
Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.
George Lucas’ interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
Susan Cain’s New York Times article “The Rise of the New Groupthink.”
Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak on the importance of working in solitude.
David Riesman’s classic sociology book, The Lonely Crowd.
Know Your Meme’s page for Sh*t Girls Say.
The Guardian’s take on the proliferating meme.
B. Michael Payne’s article at AlterNet asks, “What does the latest YouTube meme say about the people making it?”
The A.V. Club’s interview with Sh*t Girls Say creators Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey.
Examples of the meme: Sh*t Black Guys Say, Sh*t New Yorkers Say, Sh*t Monks Say, Sh*t Gay Guys Say, Sh*t Nobody Says.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s pick: The Iranian drama A Separation.
Julia’s pick: 1861 by Adam Goodheart
Stephen’s pick: The U.K. serial killer film series, The Red Riding Trilogy. Also, the Noble Glass Travel Thermos and the world’s greatest granola recipe (available on request at email@example.com).
Outro: "Crunchy Granola Suite" by Neil Diamond.