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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers tackle the rebooted cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, which Netflix recently released as a TV show. Was it worth reviving? Next, Jessica Winter joins Seth and Julia to discuss The End of the Tour, a film about an interview between journalist David Lipsky and novelist David Foster Wallace. How accurately did it capture the experience of interviewing someone for a profile? Finally, the critics weigh in on the Great Air Conditioning Debate of 2015. Is air conditioning a wasteful indulgence and evidence of office sexism, or is it critical to public health?
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Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Wet Hot American Summer (the movie version)
- Wet Hot American Summer (the Netflix version)
- The Arrested Development reboot on Netflix
- 30 Rock
- Cannonball Run
- Willa Paskin’s Wet Hot American Summer review in Slate
- The End of the Tour
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
- Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky
- “Finding Myself in David Foster Wallace’s Notebook” by Seth Stevenson in Slate
- “The Depressed Person” by David Foster Wallace in Harper’s Magazine
- “Review: ‘The End of the Tour’ Offers a Tale of Two Davids” by A.O. Scott in the New York Times
- David Foster Wallace’s “This Is Water” commencement speech at Kenyon College
- “Inside David Foster Wallace’s Private Self-Help Library” by Maria Bustillos on The Awl
- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
- Almost Famous
- “Energy Consumption in Buildings and Female Thermal Demand” by Boris Kingma and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt in Nature Climate Change
- “Hot and Bothered” on the fervid crusade against air conditioning by Daniel Engber in Slate
- “In Defense of Office Air-Conditioning” by Jonathan Chait in New York magazine
Julia: The podcast The Moment With Brian Koppelman, particularly the recent episode featuring David Lipsky.
Steve: The folk singer Laura Marling.
Outro: “Catapult” by R.E.M.
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