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In this week's gabfest, our critics discuss the much-hyped and much-loved new HBO series Girls. They also discuss the new Three Stooges film and whether the stooge shtick is still funny today. Finally, a look at the culture of recapping television series online.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Troy Patterson’s essay on Girls for Slate.
Some Guys from Slate Reacting to Girls.
Some Women from Slate Reacting to “Some Guys from Slate Reacting to Girls.”
Katie Roiphe’s Why Is the Sex on HBO’s Girls Such a Drag? from Slate.
David Edelstein’s review of The Three Stooges.
Ben Mathis-Lilley’s The Three Stooges and the Evolution of Slapstick Violence from Vulture.
J. Hoberman in Tablet on the Jewish roots of the Three Stooges. David Simon’s interview with the New York Times that sparked the debate on recapping
David Simon’s conversation with Alan Sepinwall, a seasoned recapper.
Slate’s John Swansburg defends the practice of recapping Mad Men.
New York’s Matthew Zoller Seitz defends recapping in general.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s Pick: the films Walking and Talking and Me Without You (both streamable on Netflix).
Julia’s Pick: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and Slate’s Hang Up and Listen episode with Chad Harbach.
Stephen’s Pick: “Baby” by Gal Costa and “The Trees” by Philip Larkin
Outro: “Baby” by Gal Costa
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