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In this week's Culture Gabfest, Slate music critic Jody Rosen joins the conversation to lament the death of pop superstar Whitney Houston. Next, our critics share their personal Valentine’s Day playlists. For their final segment, Gabfesters find the lost generation in Woody Allen’s Oscar-nominated Midnight in Paris.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s Jody Rosen on the legacy of Whitney Houston.
Jody’s 10 most essential Whitney Houston tracks.
Slate’s Explainer details why Whitney Houston’s toxicology report will take so long.
The New York Times’ obituary for Whitney Houston.
The melismas of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Wired’s Underwire blog on Facebook’s most popular love songs.
NPR’s list of five essential breakup songs and much longer list of great love songs.
President Obama’s rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
Buzzfeed’s 20 best breakup songs.
Dana’s review of Midnight in Paris.
Slate’s David Haglund on the viral video, “Niggas in Paris at Midnight.”
LA Weekly’s interview with Midnight in Paris director Woody Allen.
Midnight in Paris’ official site.
Julia’s pick: Julian Barnes’ novel The Sense of an Ending.
Outro: “In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and Iris DeMent.
TODAY IN SLATE
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.
The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly
How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.
A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.