Is Romeo and Juliet a Good Play? Slate’s Culture Gabfest Discusses.

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Oct. 30 2013 11:42 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Romeo Had Juliet” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Lou Reed’s legacy, Romeo and Juliet, and the hidden poetry of Internet memes.

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On this week’s show, the critics discuss the death of Lou Reed, his generation-defining music, and his eternal brand of cool. Next, they turn to the Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. One among many Shakespeare revivals in theater and on film this season, the production allows the gabbers to grapple with the merits of this canonical play. Finally, the critics discuss the poetry and artistry of Internet memes—can Twitter be a platform for 21st-century conceptual art?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

Endorsements:

Dana: Aftermath, a new World  War II film by Polish director Wladyslaw Pasikowski

Julia: Shakespeare reading parties (wine, cheese, and inviting Dana recommended)

Steve: In honor of Delmore Schwartz, Lou Reed’s poetic mentor, Schwartz’s short stories In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift

Outro: “Romeo Had Juliette” by Lou Reed

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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.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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