Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Kanye West’s New Album Yeezus, Zack Snyder’s Superman Reboot Man of Steel, and Ambivalence

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June 19 2013 9:49 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Hurry Up With My Damn Croissants” Edition

Slate's podcast about Kanye West’s new album Yeezus, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel, and ambivalence.

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On this week’s episode, our critics look at hip-hop icon Kanye West’s much-anticipated, musically and lyrically abrasive new album, Yeezus, with Slate’s Forrest Wickman. The Gabfest crew is then joined by a Superman expert, Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist Glen Weldon, to look at Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder’s dark reimagining of the Superman myth. Finally, the gabbers talk about ambivalence: Is it possible that intellectual paralysis is fruitful after all?

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


Dana: The Twitter feed “@WarnerArchive,” which features old photos from classic Warner Bros. movies and stars.

June: Slate contributor Seth Stevenson’s excellent dispatches from the Whitey Bulger trial.

Stephen: Elliott Smith’s cover of Big Star’s “Nighttime,” and the greatest artist who ever lived, Shakespeare.

Outro: “Nighttime,” by Elliott Smith

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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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