Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Aaron Swartz, and Lincoln

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Feb. 13 2013 11:14 AM

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On this week’s episode, Slate culture critic June Thomas joins the Culturefest to first discuss the current Broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s 1962 play about two married couples and their evening of sodden gamesmanship. The Gabfesters then discuss the life and legacy of Aaron Swartz, the freedom-of-information activist who, facing prosecution for computer fraud, committed suicide at the age of 26. Finally, our critics continue their Oscar season coverage by discussing Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s historical drama about the final months of Abraham Lincoln’s life and his efforts during this time to outlaw slavery through passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.


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


Dana’s pick: James F. English’s book The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value, a cultural history of awards and prizes, which will revolutionize the way you think about the Oscars and awards in general.

June’s pick: From journalist-turned-fiction writer Alex Berenson, The Night Ranger (A John Wells Novel) about his hero John Wells, who in this latest installment must rescue kidnapped do-gooders in East Africa.

Stephen’s pick: The song “Rotten Love” by Levy.

Outro: “Rotten Love” by Levy

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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.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 


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