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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:
- Kanye West’s Yeezus.
- The premiere of the songs “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” on Saturday Night Live.
- West’s recent interview with the New York Times.
- Critic Sasha Frere-Jones reviews Yeezus, for The New Yorker.
- Critic Steven Hyden reviews Yeezus, for Grantland.
- Iconic hip-hop producer Rick Rubin.
- Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
- Rapper Chief Keef.
- Nina Simone’s version of “Strange Fruit.”
- Dana Stevens’ review of Man of Steel, for Slate.
- Guest Glen Weldon’s book on Superman.
- Glen Weldon’s review of Man of Steel.
- NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.
- Alyssa Rosenberg on “villain design” for ThinkProgress.
- Ian Leslie’s piece on ambivalence in Slate.
- The study cited on the relationship between ambivalence and body movement.
- John Keats’ idea of “negative capability.”
- Author Elizabeth Hardwick’s 1959 essay “The Decline of Book Reviewing.”
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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