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This week’s episode was taped before a live audience at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Our critics started by discussing Nicole Holofcener’s latest romantic comedy Enough Said. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener as three divorcés with interlocking love lives, the film grapples with middle-age dating. Next, the gabbers turn to the setting of the live show: Brooklyn. Oft-associated with artisanal goods, local food, and proud Luddism, Brooklyn is spreading beyond its borough into a brand with international resonance. And finally, with the assistance of New York Times video game critic Chris Suellentrop, the critics discuss Grand Theft Auto V, the newest installment in the massively popular series. New to gaming, they test out GTA V, explore its merits, and debate its claim to high art.
Check out Chris Wade’s video of Dana, Stephen, and Julia trying out GTA V:
Links to some of the things discussed this week follow:
- Dana’s Slate review of Enough Said
- Walking and Talking
- Lovely and Amazing
- Please Give
- Friends With Money
- The Dark Knight
- Stephen’s T magazine piece, “Brooklyn: The Brand”
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Chris Suellentrop’s New York Times review
- Gone Home, a first-person, non-violent video game
- Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by video game advocate Tom Bissell
Julia: The new Culture Gabfest T-shirts, designed by listener Trevor Baum. Also, an “oddly poetic” Army literacy test, unearthed by Rebecca Onion at The Vault, Slate’s history blog.
Steve: Janet Malcolm’s “The Purloined Clinic” and the Proustian moment of remembrance and self-discovery that the book’s final essay captures.
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This podcast was produced by Dan Pashman. Our intern is Anna Shechtman.
Correction, Sept. 27, 2013: This article originally misspelled Tom Bissell's last name.
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