Culture Gabfest: Whitney Houston, Valentine’s Day Playlists, and Midnight in Paris

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Feb. 15 2012 11:03 AM

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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.
’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.
’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.
’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.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s pick: Steven Rea’s new book Hollywood Rides a Bike. Also, the documentary The Interrupters.

Julia’s pick: Julian Barnes’ novel The Sense of an Ending.  

Stephen’s pick: The mashup of X’s “Los Angeles” and XX’s “Intro.” Also, Michael Kimmelman’s New York Times essay on the aesthetic calamity of Penn Station.

Outro: “In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and Iris DeMent.

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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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