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June 18 2014 12:58 PM

The Culture Gabfest “This Is Sparta” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 22 Jump Street, mainstreaming poetry, and the songs of the summer.

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss 22 Jump Street, a bromantic comedy starring Tatum Channing and Jonah Hill. Does the film’s self-awareness about its being a sequel justify its formulaic plot? Next, the critics discuss Patricia Lockwood’s Twitter-inflected poetry and debate the possibility of mainstreaming the medium. Is poetry inherently niche? And finally, Slate contributor Chris Molanphy briefs the gabbers on this year’s contenders for the “song of the summer”: Will the title belong to Iggy Azalea, Robyn, or Usher?

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

Endorsements:

Dana: Anything and everything by poet Brenda Shaughnessy, including Human Dark With Sugar and Interior with Sudden Joy.

Julia: Poetry magazine, a restrained, intelligently curated read for poetry lovers. If you’ve ever liked poetry, you should subscribe now.

Steve: “The Disruption Machine” by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker.

Outro: Franz Schubert's “Der Neugierige” from Die Schone Mullerin

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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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