Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Life is But a Dream, Kindling Quarterly, and Searching for Sugar Man

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Feb. 20 2013 3:12 PM

The Culture Gabfest: Only Beyoncé Could Make Me Not Like Beyoncé Edition

Slate's podcast about the new Beyoncé documentary, the dad magazine Kindling Quarterly, and the Oscar-nominated documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Life is But a Dream, the documentary about Beyoncé that is written, directed by, and starring … Beyoncé. The Gabfesters then review the inaugural issue of Kindling Quarterly, the magazine that aims to fill the void of parenting-related content for the fathers of the creative class. Finally, continuing the conversation in the lead-up to the Academy Awards, they discuss Searching for Sugar Man, the captivating Oscar-nominated documentary about the obscure singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez.

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

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: Jack Prelutsky, the prolific children’s poet in the vein of (but preferable to) Shel Silverstein, specifically his books Something Big Has Been Here and It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles, both illustrated by James Stevenson.

Julia’s pick: The most Internet-y thing you’ll ever see: the viral video of goats yelling like humans.

Stephen’s pick: Following a recent monument tour of Washington D.C.: the Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which is inscribed in the memorial itself.

Outro: “Sugar Man” by Rodriguez

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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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