Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Male Movie Stars, Crowdfunding Music, and PBS’s Makers

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March 6 2013 12:25 PM

The Culture Gabfest: I Guess We Should Ask You for Money Edition

Slate's show about Hollywood’s trouble with leading men, Amanda Palmer’s TED talk, and the PBS documentary Makers.

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On this week’s episode, Slate’s David Haglund and Forrest Wickman step in to co-host with Dana Stevens. First, our critics are joined by writer Mark Harris to discuss his GQ article about the shifting path to stardom for Hollywood’s leading men that demands a delicate balance of mainstream likability and edgy self-awareness. They then consider Amanda Palmer’s TED talk about “the art of asking” and the evolving relationship between generative artists and the fans who fund their work. Finally, the Gabfesters discuss the PBS miniseries Makers: Women Who Make America, what it reveals about the strides of feminism over the past half-century, and the topics and themes the documentary seems to avoid.

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


Forrest’s pick: An all-time favorite song about gender roles: “Androgynous” by The Replacements.

David’s pick: The essay “The Dream (Girl) is Over” by Michelle Orange, from her book This is Running for Your Life: Essays.

Dana’s pick: Marc Maron’s interview with Mike White (writer, director, and co-star of Enlightened) for Maron’s podcast, WTF With Marc Maron.

Outro: “Androgynous” by The Replacements

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 


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