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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Jurassic World, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. What did the critics make of the movie that just scored the largest opening weekend box office of all time? Next up, guest Fred Kaplan joins to pay tribute to the legendary jazz musician Ornette Coleman. Finally, newly appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera joins to discuss his life, his work, and his new job title.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Jurassic World
- Jurassic Park
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- The vibrating water cup scene from the original Jurassic Park
- Laura Bradley’s piece in Slate about gender politics in Jurassic World
- “The Man Who Freed Jazz” by Fred Kaplan in Slate
- The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman
- “Lonely Woman” by Ornette Coleman
- Jacques Derrida’s interview with Ornette Coleman in Genre
- “Peace” by Ornette Coleman
- Giant Steps by John Coltrane
- “Countdown” by John Coltrane
- Sun Ship by John Coltrane
- A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
- Something Else!!! by Ornette Coleman
- Tomorrow Is the Question! by Ornette Coleman
- The Naked Lunch soundtrack by Ornette Coleman and Howard Shore
- “Bird Food” by Ornette Coleman
- “For Jayne Cortez, R.I.P.” by Juan Felipe Herrera
- Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza, by Gloria Anzaldúa
- Anna Feldman’s piece in Slate about incorporating the arts into STEM education
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Dana: David Edelstein’s obituary for Christopher Lee in Vulture
June: Odd Mom Out on Bravo
Steve: 20 Vodka Jellies by Momus
Outro: “Naked Lunch” from the Naked Lunch soundtrack by Ornette Coleman and Howard Shore
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