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On this week’s episode, live from the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal, the critics discuss the Canadian sci-fi series Orphan Black, which stars Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. Maslany slips deftly into each role, but does the show’s writing stand up to her virtuosic performance? Next, the gabbers turn to Hateship Loveship, a film adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” starring Kristen Wiig in a surprising dramatic turn. And finally, the Gabfest welcomes Slate music critic (and native Canadian) Carl Wilson to discuss the revised edition of his book Let’s Talk About Love, which reconsiders the role of “good taste” in pop music criticism. What’s a critic to do when kitsch is cool and cool is kitschy?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Orphan Black
- Willa Paskin’s review of the series’ second season premiere on Slate
- The X-Files
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Dana’s review of Hateship Loveship on Slate
- Alice Munro’s collection of short stories Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
- Lorrie Moore’s review of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage in the New York Review of Books
- Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley, based on Munro’s story “The Bear Came over the Mountain”
- Carl Wilson’s expanded and rereleased Let’s Talk About Love
- An excerpt from Carl’s book, an essay written by novelist Mary Gaitskill
- Celine Dion performs “My Heart Will Go On” at the 1998 Academy Awards
- Elliott Smith performs “Miss Misery” at the 1998 Academy Awards
Julia: Norman McLaren, the grandfather of Canadian animation, whose mesmerizing short film “Horizontal Lines” is available on YouTube.
Carl: Owen Pallett, formerly known as Final Fantasy, whose new album “In Conflict” is his most emotionally frank.
Steve: Canadian political philosophers C.B. Macpherson and G.A. Cohen. In particular, Macpherson’s revelatory The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: From Hobbes to Locke.
Outro: “Montreal” by the Wingdale Community Singers
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