Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 186 with Sam Anderson, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:
In this week's Gabfest, our critics discuss the re-release of James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic in 3-D. Next, they discuss the death of artist Thomas Kinkade, one of the most commercially successful artists of his generation but also one universally derided by critics. Finally, the New York Times Magazine’s Sam Anderson discusses his latest piece on the mindless and addictive video games we can’t stop playing on our phones.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Dana Stevens’ Slate review of Titanic.
Umberto Eco’s Casablanca, or, the Clichés Are Having a Ball.
Laura Miller’s Thomas Kinkade, the George W. Bush of Art from Salon.
Guest Sam Anderson’s article “Just One More Game ...” in the New York Times Magazine.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s Pick: Lorrie Moore’s essay on Titanic.
Julia’s Pick: The Wind Map data visualization at www.hint.fm.
Sam’s Pick: KCRW’s Bookworm podcast, specifically the recent interview with Joan Didion.
Stephen’s Pick: Ghostbusters and any other Harold Ramis production. Also, the Replacements’ song “If Only You Were Lonely.”
Outro: Replacements’ song “If Only You Were Lonely (Twin Tone Single Version)”
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