Culture Gabfest: Anger Management, Busy Trap, Summer Strut

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July 11 2012 4:26 PM

The Culture Gabfest, “Summer Strut” Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom Anger Management, the recent New York Times op-ed about the “ ‘Busy’ Trap,” and the Summer Strut 2012 playlist.


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Strut along to the Summer Strut 2012 playlist on Spotify!

On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom Anger Management and the show’s inescapable meta-commentary on its star’s very public 2011 meltdown. The Gabfesters then consider Tim Kreider’s New York Times op-ed “The ‘Busy’ Trap” and whether we’re all actually too busy for chilled pink minty cocktails or if overscheduling ourselves is merely a way to mask our existential anxiety. Finally, they pick out and play favorites from the listener-sourced Summer Strut 2012 playlist and debate the qualities that make a song ideal for a summer strut.

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

The Summer Strut favorites (and unfavorites) talked about today include:

Strut along to the Summer Strut 2012 playlist on Spotify!


Stephen’s picks: Blondie’s 1999 Reunion Concert, Kitty Pryde’s song “Okay Cupid,” and David Auerbach’s recent N+1 article “The Stupidity of Computers

Julia’s pick: Seeking out an architectural lesson about your everyday landscape (inspired by a recent architectural tour of her own neighborhood)

Dana’s pick: XTC’s summertime concept album Skylarking

Outro: XTC’s “Summer Cauldron”

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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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