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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss early previews of the fall TV lineup, including The New Normal, The Mindy Project, and Animal Practice, plus Jonathan Chait's piece on Hollywood liberalism and the 50th anniversary of the Norton Anthology of English Literature.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
- The Mindy Project pilot.
- The New Normal pilot.
- The Animal Practice pilot.
- Jonathan Chait on “The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy” in Hollywood.
- Responses to Chait from Eric Alterman and Erik Lundegaard.
- The Norton Anthology on Amazon.
- Norton Anthology editors past and present talk to the New York Times.
- Norton editor Stephen Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning, which Stephen Metcalf calls a “masterpiece”
Julia endorses corn pudding, and Dana adds a recommendation for Ina Garten’s recipe.
Dana endorses the language podcast “A History of English,” hosted by Kevin Stroud.
Stephen endorses the 1980 Paul Schrader film American Gigolo, which launched Richard Gere’s career and which Stephen says is vastly underrated.
Outro: “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” by David Lee Roth
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