Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Heaven’s Gate, Gaybros, and Book Recommendations

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April 3 2013 10:14 AM

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Slate's podcast about Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, the Reddit-based community Gaybros, and the art of book recommendations.

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On this week’s episode, our critics ponder Michael Cimino’s epic and extravagant Heaven’s Gate, the legendary flop that sank its studio but has found acclaim with a new director’s cut three decades after its brief initial release. Then, Slate editorial assistant Bryan Lowder joins them to discuss Gaybros, the online and IRL community of gay men with traditionally manly hobbies. Finally, in light of Amazon’s acquisition of the social reading site Goodreads, the Culturefesters discuss the art of book recommending and share their go-to recommendations.

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

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: Matt Debenham’s podcast “What Are You Reading?” Past guests have included Dana Stevens, Bill Corbett, and Julie Klam.

June’s pick: John McPhee’s 1969 book The Crofter and the Laird, about returning to his ancestral homeland in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

Stephen’s pick: The well-paced, snappy, funny movie that’s a friggin’ delight, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Outro: “Recommendation” by Little Dragon.

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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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