Culture Gabfest: HBO’s much-hyped “Girls,” The Three Stooges, and TV-recap culture.

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April 18 2012 12:18 PM

The Culture Gabfest, “Why-I-Oughtta” Edition

The HBO series Girls, the new Three Stooges film, and the online phenomenon of recapping TV shows.

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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 HBOs 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 Slates 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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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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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