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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Bong Joon-ho’s new film Snowpiercer, a dark political allegory with the action sequences and budget of a summer blockbuster. Next, the gabbers turn to the British sitcom Vicious, starring Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi as two “vicious queens” who have lived together for almost fifty years. And finally, the critics take on David Brooks, who spoke at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival about our culture’s overvaluation of shallow success. Is a wildly successful apologist for unfettered capitalism the appropriate advocate for emotional depth?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Dana’s review of Snowpiercer on Slate
- Dana and Forrest Wickman discuss the film on a Slate Spoiler Special
- Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder reviews Vicious
- June interviews Vicious creator Gary Janetti on Slate
- Rising Damp, starring Frances de la Tour
- Absolutely Fabulous
- Married … With Children
- Gary Janetti calls Vicious a “marmite comedy” when talking to the New York Times’ David Itzkoff
- David Brooks speaks about depth at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival
- Uri Friedman summarizes Brooks’ guide to depth in the Atlantic
- Brooks’ New York Times column from March “The Deepest Self”
- Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
- The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle
Dana: Albert Coffee, aka “the Real Indiana Jones,” an archeologist and tour guide in Guanajuato, Mexico.
June: These Things Happen by Richard Kramer, a funny novel about coming out in Manhattan.
Steve: “Rene and George Magritte With Their Dog After the War” by Paul Simon.
Outro: “Rene and George Magritte With Their Dog After the War” by Paul Simon.
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