Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Top of the Lake, The Next Day, and Email Signoffs

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March 20 2013 11:54 AM

The Culture Gabfest: I Remain Your Ever Fond Servant Edition

Slate's podcast about Jane Campion’s miniseries Top of the Lake, David Bowie’s new album The Next Day, and email signoff etiquette.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Jane Campion’s new Sundance Channel miniseries, Top of the Lake, from its portrayal of rural New Zealand to its unseemly male characters and Campion’s trademark lingering on uncomfortable moments. Then, writer Geeta Dayal joins in to discuss David Bowie’s first new album in 10 years, The Next Day, and to explore Bowie’s cultural legacy. Finally, the Culturefesters debate email signoff etiquette. Should “cheers,” “best,” and “xoxo” be eliminated from our correspondence for all time? Or are they useful codes that help us communicate?

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

Endorsements:

June’s pick: The BBC Radio 4 radio show and podcast Ramblings. On a recent episode host Clare Balding went on a walk and picked up litter with David Sedaris.

John’s pick: A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook, a book that explores the creation of four Eastern cities that were built to mimic Western modernization.

Dana’s pick: Bach 360°, WQXR’s 10-day festival that celebrates the birthday of the composer J.S. Bach with more than 200 hours of his music.

Outro: “The Next Day” by David Bowie.

You can email us at culturefest@slate.com.

This podcast was produced by Julia Furlan. Our intern is Sally Tamarkin.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

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

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