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This week on Slate Plus, the critics weigh in on the question that Dana recently answered for the New York Times Book Review: Is writing a job or a calling?
On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Slate music critic Carl Wilson. First up: the Academy Awards. From a sartorial snoozefest on the red carpet to Neil Patrick Harris’ flat hosting, this year’s ceremony was a racially uncomfortable slog. Then the critics discuss Björk’s album Vulnicura, which chronicles her separation from artist Matthew Barney. And finally: A debate rages between Seth Stevenson and Fred Kaplan on Slate. Does fancy sound equipment improve the experience of listening to music, or is it all just technological snake oil? The gabbers chime in.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Wesley Morris’ Oscar recap
- The Economy of Prestige
- Dan Kois’ piece on the Boyhood snub on Slate
- John Legend and Common’s acceptance speech
- Lady Gaga’s Julie Andrews tribute
- Graham Moore’s acceptance speech
- Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech
- Andrew O’Hehir’s take on Birdman
- Carl Wilson’s review of Vulnicura on Slate
- “Birthday” by the Sugarcubes in English and in Icelandic
- Seth Stevenson’s takedown of audiophiles on Slate
- Fred Kaplan defends his audiophilia on Slate
Julia: “Just Checking In” by Virginia Heffernan and Paul Ford
Steve: Pamela, Or Virtue Rewarded on Project Gutenberg and tennis
Outro: “Triumph of a Heart” by Björk
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