Culture Gabfest: Luck, A Separation, and Lana Del Rey 

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Feb. 1 2012 11:35 AM

The Culture Gabfest, “Luck Be a Lady” Edition

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner place their bets on HBO’s new horse-racing drama Luck. Next, Gabfesters rave about the Oscar-nominated Iranian film A Separation. For their final segment, they are joined by Slate’s music critic Jody Rosen to discuss the controversial new indie chanteuse Lana Del Rey.

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

Slate’s Tory Patterson on Luck.
’s interview with Luck creator David Milch.
The New York Times
’ feature on Luck.
Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times review of Luck.
HBO’s homepage for Luck.
Dana’s review of A Separation.
The New York Times
’ feature piece on A Separation and the hazards of filmmaking in Iran.
The A.V. Club
’s interview with A Separation writer and director Asghar Farhadi.
NPR’s Fresh Air on A Separation.
’s Jonah Weiner on Lana Del Rey.
’s 2011 Music Club on Lana Del Rey.
Lana Del Rey’s controversial performance on Saturday Night Live.
Rolling Stone
’s review of Lana Del Rey’s new album Born to Die.
The New Yorker
’s Sasha Frere-Jones on Lana Del Rey.’s special section, “The Lana Del Report.”

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s pick: The BBC’s nature-documentary legend David Attenborough on Desert Island Discs.  

Julia’s pick:  The “Camptown Races” montage during 30 Rock’s new season premiere.

Jody's pick: The classic illustrated children's book of the British Monarchy, Kings and Queens.

Stephen’s pick: The punk band X’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.” Also, the New York Times’ new series on globalization and Apple’s foreign factories.  

Outro: “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey

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

Jody Rosen is a Slate contributor.

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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