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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics cut The Lorax down to size. Next, Gabfesters weigh in on the new ABC series GCB, starring Kristin Chenoweth. Finally, the Gabfest is joined by Slate’s design columnist Julia Felsenthal to discuss the curious history of the “African” fabrics knows as Dutch wax prints.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s David Haglund on the politics of The Lorax.
The New York Times’ review of The Lorax.
The Atlantic’s round up of all the negative reviews of The Lorax.
Dr. Seuss’ original children’s book remains an enduring classic.
The Lorax’s very orange official site.
Slate’s Troy Patterson reviews GCB.
The New York Times’ feature piece on GCB.
NPR’s interview with GCB star Kristin Chenoweth.
Kim Gatlin’s original novel Good Christian Bitches.
GCB’s official site.
Julia Felsenthal’s Slate article and slideshow on Dutch wax prints.
Vlisco’s remarkable collection of authentic Dutch wax prints.
Arnhem’s Museum of Modern Art in The Netherlands is now featuring an exhibit on Dutch wax prints.
Teen Vogue’s Hayley Phelan called “African fabrics” a Spring 2011 runway trend.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s pick: The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss.
Julia’s pick: The Simpsons’ Game of Thrones credit sequence parody. Also, the new Slate Book Review!
Stephen’s pick: Steve’s pizza cooking tips. Also, Slate’s music series “Where Do I Start With …” even if Dan Kois’ playlist for Lambchop is missing the classic “You Masculine You.”
Outro: The Decembrists’ “The Sporting Life.”
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