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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
More Than Scottish Pride
Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself.
iOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.
Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows
The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything
It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.
Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.