Maurice Sendak, Art Market Economics, and Hate-watching on the Culture Gabfest

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May 9 2012 12:19 PM

The Culture Gabfest, “Wild Rumpus” Edition

Maurice Sendak, art market economics, and the phenomenon of hate-watching.

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In this week's Gabfest, our critics discuss the work of beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak. Also, a conversation with Reuters’ Felix Salmon about the recent sale of The Scream and irrational and opaque art markets. Plus, the gabbers examine what it means to hate-watch a TV show.

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

Kate Roiphe’s take on Maurice Sendak from Slate.
John Plotz on Maurice Sendak in Slate.
Bill Moyers’ interview with Maurice Sendak.
Felix Salmon’s recent posts on the art markets.
Emily Nussbaum’s Hate-Watching Smash for The New Yorker.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana’s Pick: Bill Moyers’ interview with Maurice Sendak and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?
Julia’s Pick: Slate podcast Lexicon Valley.
Stephen’s Pick: Broken Social Scene and the poem “Don Juan” by Lord Byron. Also, Richard Wilbur’s poem “Cottage Street, 1953.”

Outro: “Nonstop Disco Powerpack” by The Beastie Boys.

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

Felix Salmon is a senior editor at Fusion.

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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