Beasts of the Southern Wild, the art world, and Beck’s Song Reader: Slate’s Culture Gabfest weighs in.

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Beasts of the Southern Wild, the Art World, and Song Reader

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Beasts of the Southern Wild, the Art World, and Song Reader

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Dec. 12 2012 1:15 PM

The Culture Gabfest: “I Normally Have To Be Drunk Off My Ass To Do This” Edition

Slate's podcast about Beasts of the Southern Wild, why the art world is so despicable, and Beck’s Song Reader.

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate Brow Beat editor David Haglund to discuss the award-winning indie darling, Beasts of the Southern Wild. They consider the movie’s ambition, scope, and DIY ethic as well as its potentially fetishizing gaze. The Gabfesters are then joined by Slate contributor and Barneys Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan to discuss how the mashing up of art with fashion and popular culture has lead to the art world’s currently loathsome state. Finally, Slate music critic Jody Rosen sits in to first talk about Beck’s Song Reader and the legacy of sheet music in popular American music and then to join in on the Culturefest rendition of Beck’s “Do We? We Do.”

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


Dana’s pick: The documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, about the German artist and his ability to continue to create art with skill and craft.

Jody’s picks: Vanity Fair’sOral History of Freaks and Geeks” and three favorite songs of 2012: Justin Bieber’s “Die in Your Arms,” Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” and “Merry Go 'Round” by Kacey Musgraves.

Stephen’s pick: The Rolling Stones recent performance of “Gimme Shelter” with Mary J. Blige, offered as a mea culpa for recent negative comments about the group’s longevity.

Outro: “Die in Your Arms” by Justin Bieber

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Simon Doonan is an author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York.

David Haglund is the literary editor of 

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

Jody Rosen is critic at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.