Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Flight, Disney and Lucasfilm, and Twitter Hashtags

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Nov. 7 2012 12:08 PM

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Slate's podcast about the movie Flight, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, and the poetry of the hashtag.

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate Editorial Director John Swansburg to discuss Flight, the new Robert Zemeckis movie starring Denzel Washington, and whether it’s a deft and emotionally complex genre mashup or a cliché-laden addiction movie. The Gabfesters then discuss Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm: Does it mean doom or rescue for the Star Wars franchise? Finally, they consider the poetry and comedy of the Twitter hashtag, its pithy functionality, and its potential future as a marketing super tool.

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

John’s pick: The opera The Rake’s Progress, written by Igor Stravinksy, based on William Hogarth’s engravings, with libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. This is an approachable introduction to opera for the nonbuff.

Julia’s pick: The song “In a Big City” by Titus Andronicus, the band that sounds like what the Pogues would sound like if they were from New Jersey in the early 1990s.

Stephen’s pick: The Tim Allen movie Galaxy Quest which lovingly spoofs Star Wars and the space movie genre.

Outro: “In a Big City” by Titus Andronicus

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

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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