Literary fiction, genre fiction, Atavist, New York Times, Weddings/Celebrations, Vows on the Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest: Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction, the Atavist, and the New York Times’ Vows Column

Culture Gabfest: Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction, the Atavist, and the New York Times’ Vows Column

Slate's weekly roundtable.
May 30 2012 10:49 AM

The Culture Gabfest, “Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” Edition

Listen to Slate's show about literary vs. genre fiction, the mobile publishing platform the Atavist, and the New York Times’ Vows column.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Arthur Krystal’s New Yorker piece on the distinctions between genre fiction and literary fiction, and Lev Grossman’s response in Time. The Gabfesters then discuss the mobile publishing platform Atavist and the future of long-form journalism. Finally, they consider the role of the New York Times’ Weddings/Celebrations section and “Vows” column over the last 20 years in both culture and brunch sport.


Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:


Dana’s picks: BBC Radio 4’s podcast Shakespeare’s Restless World.
Julia’s pick: The game Cornhole.
Stephen’s picks: The movie Tommy Boy and the band Chairlift.

Outro: “Bruises" by Chairlift.

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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, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.