Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Singin’ in the Rain, Time Machine Chefs, and the State of Literary Criticism

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Aug. 22 2012 11:43 AM

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Singin’ in the Rain and ponder the vision of its star and co-director Gene Kelly. They then consider the short-lived ABC show Time Machine Chefs and wonder why food reality TV has become a cultural force. Finally, the Gabfesters discuss the current state of literary criticism. Has social media made online book culture “too nice?”

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

Endorsements:

  • Dana’s pick: In honor of the director Tony Scott who died this week, his 1993 movie True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino and starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as a couple on the run from gangsters, and featuring an unforgettable ensemble cast.
  • Julia’s pick: Hit by Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball, the graphic history by Molly Lawless that tells the story of the two men involved in major league baseball’s only fatal at-bat.
  • Stephen’s pick: “Boxer” by the band Lovers from the album Dark Light.

 Outro: “Boxer” by Lovers

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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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