Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Love, Amy, and cultural criticism.

Love and the Genre of Manic Pixie Jerk Girl Comedies

Love and the Genre of Manic Pixie Jerk Girl Comedies

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Feb. 24 2016 9:54 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Who Will Criticize the Critics?” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Love, Amy, and cultural criticism.  

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This week on Slate Plus, avec l’esprit de l’escalier, the gabbers revisit some segments from the past few months to see if their opinions have changed.  

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Love: the new Netflix original series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. Is the genre of the manic pixie jerk girl comedy reinventing the “traditional” rom-com? Next up, the Oscar-nominated documentary Amy chronicles the brief and astonishing life and career of Amy Winehouse. How does it escape the well-worn tropes of movies about musicians? Finally, the critics discuss criticism, the critics of critics, the self-criticism of critics, and A.O. Scott’s new book, Better Living Through Criticism. Is criticism, itself, an art?

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Dana: Watching Slate writers act in the video series The Best Case for Best Picture

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Julia: The photo correction in the New York Times article, “The Raven, the Original Goth, Makes a Home in New York”

Outro: “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse

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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.