Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Dark Knight Rises, The Clock, and Birders: The Central Park Effect

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July 25 2012 1:19 PM

The Culture Gabfest: Batman and Robins Edition

Slate's podcast about The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film The Clock, and the HBO documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect.

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics consider Christopher Nolan’s final Batman installment, The Dark Knight Rises, whether it makes for a worthy conclusion to the trilogy, and how to think about the movie in the wake of the Aurora tragedy. The Gabfesters then explore Christian Marclay’s addictive and inspired cinematic mashup, the 24-hour movie The Clock. Finally, the critics are joined by Slate Science and Health Editor Laura Helmuth to discuss the HBO documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect, and the quirky world of score-keeping, list-making birders.

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

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: Petites esquisses d'oiseaux, Olivier Messiaen’s compositions of sounds related to birds, nature’s best musicians.

Julia’s pick: In keeping with the theme of observing one’s surroundings: Kate Ascher’s The Works: Anatomy of a City, a coffee table book about the systems that make New York City run.

Stephen’s pick: Randall Jarrell’s satirical portrait of the American college in the 1950s, Pictures From an Institution.

Outro: Olivier Messiaen’s “Le Rouge Gorge (European Robin)”

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Laura Helmuth is Slate's science and health editor. 

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