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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics pick over the 84th Academy Awards ceremony and then sample the Internet edutainment phenomenon known as TED Talks. For their final segment, the Gabfesters weigh in on the controversy over 30 Rock’s leading lady Liz Lemon. Is Tina Fey’s Emmy-winning character a lovable comic goofball or a rapidly devolving anti-feminist idiot?
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s series “Let’s Talk Oscars.”
Julia’s review of 2012’s Oscar fashions.
Slate’s Oscar pronunciation guide.
Angelina Jolie’s leg is now its own Internet meme.
Anthony Lane’s review of the ceremony in The New Yorker.
Benjamin Wallace’s New York article on the phenomenon of TED.
TED’s 19th century equivalent, the Chautauqua lecture circuit.
The Guardian’s take on TED from across the pond.
The Finanical Times’ report on TED calls the event the “conference of cool.”
TED’s official site.
Linda Holmes’ NPR blog entry on the Liz Lemon problem.
Slate’s Sam Adams claims 30 Rock’s creative faults are much bigger than Liz Lemon.
The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum defends Liz Lemon from her detractors.
30 Rock’s official site at NBC.
Dana’s pick: Jill Bolte Taylor’s powerful TED Talk. Also, the Criterion re-release of the original Godzilla.
Julia’s pick: The Big Duck, the classic roadside building on Long Island, N.Y. Also, Robert Venturi’s Learning From Las Vegas, the book that introduced the architectural distinction between a “duck” and a “decorated shed.”
Stephen’s pick: Robert Frost’s poem “A Roadside Stand.” Also, the 1939 Claudette Colbert comedy Midnight and Sardinian wine made from the Cannonau grape.
Outro: Five Man Electric Band’s “Signs.”
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