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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. Is it an anthropological study of the male pecking order, a fun time with some charming jocks, or both? Next up, the gabbers and Slate’s senior technology writer Will Oremus interview “Alexa,” the voice of Amazon Echo, and weigh in on the utility of anthropomorphized domestic artificial intelligence. Should we welcome our new A.I. overlords? Finally, Slate Culture Editor Dan Kois joins to reopen the debate over the Mount Rushmore of American culture. Will your favorite artists make the cut?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Everybody Wants Some!!
- The Richard Linklater films Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Bernie, Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight
- Dan Kois’ review of Everybody Wants Some!! in Slate
- Amy Nicholson’s review of Everybody Wants Some!! on MTV.com
- Magic Mike XXL
- The films of Éric Rohmer
- Boogie Nights
- Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
- Amazon Echo
- Will Oremus’ recent articles about Amazon Echo in Slate
- The Knack’s “My Sharona”
- Hartz Home Protection Pads for Dogs
- Go, the ancient strategy board game
- Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “God Bess America,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business”
- Jody Rosen’s book White Christmas: The Story of an American Song
- The Billy Wilder films The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, and Ace in the Hole
- The Jack Nicholson films Easy Rider, The Shining, The King of Marvin Gardens, Chinatown, and Five Easy Pieces
- Citizen Kane
- Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”
- Film, a short film written by Samuel Beckett and featuring Buster Keaton
- Anthology Film Archives (which recently screened the film Dana endorses this week)
- TwoDots, an iOS app/game
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 14
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Outro: “My Sharona” by the Knack
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