Where Would Judd Apatow Be Without Harold Ramis?

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Feb. 26 2014 11:49 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the legacy of Harold Ramis, Frozen, and writerly procrastination.

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This week, the critics discuss the death of comedy legend Harold Ramis. Actor, director, and co-writer of landmark films like Animal House, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis helped to define a generation of anarchic humor and anti-establishment omega males. Next the gabbers turn to Frozen, Disney’s latest animated film and an Oscar nominee. Grappling with the film’s ambiguous gender politics, the critics focus on the climactic power ballad “Let It Go,” which has become the soundtrack for households of elementary-school girls everywhere. And finally, the critics use Megan McArdle’s essay in The Atlantic, “Why Writers are the Worst Procrastinators,” to discuss their own writing habits. Between Web browsing and needless shopping, it’s a wonder that writers ever write anything.

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

Endorsements:

Dana: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Pied Beauty” for its delightful sprung rhythm and many “dappled things—”

Julia: The experimental, romantic fifth episode of Looking on HBO

Steve: His friend Naomi’s “counterintuitive” granola recipe with shredded coconut

Outro: Dana’s 8-year-old daughter’s rendition of “Let It Go” from Frozen

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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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