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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss director Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top 3-D film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. They then review Maron, comedian Marc Maron’s new sitcom on IFC, and Slate’s David Haglund guests to discuss Maron’s new show and his popular podcast. Finally, the Gabfest crew joins the chorus of criticism surrounding Joel Stein’s piece of trolling trend journalism, the recent Time cover story “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.”
Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:
The Great Gatsby, review from Dana Stevens for Slate.
A previous Gatsby film attempt, starring Robert Redford.
David Edelstein’s review of the film, for New York.
Kathryn Schulz for New York on despising F. Scott Fitzgerald’s canonical novel.
Gatz, the word-for-word theater production of The Great Gatsby.
Le Grand Meaulnes by Henri Alain-Fournier.
David Haglund for Slate on the evolving career of comedian Marc Maron.
Marc Maron’s popular podcast, WTF.
Marc Maron guests on the Gabfest, from July 2011.
The Culture of Narcissism, by Christopher Lasch.
Tom Hawking for Flavorwire, on Joel Stein’s Time story.
Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig discuss their book Twentysomething on Slate’s “Afterword” podcast.
Dana: Why Man Creates, the 1968 animated educational short created by the renowned graphic designer Saul Bass.
June: Emma Brockes’ book on her mother’s early life, She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me.
Stephen: Economist Brad Delong’s blog post “Moby Ben, or, The Washington Super-Whale: Hedge Fundies, the Federal Reserve, and Bernanke-Hatred”: A primer on hedge fund managers’ ill will toward Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, and why the Fed is enraging the trading community.
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