Slate's Culture Gabfest on Treme, Malcolm McLaren, and Tina Fey.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Treme, Malcolm McLaren, and Tina Fey.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Treme, Malcolm McLaren, and Tina Fey.

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April 14 2010 12:23 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "Ooh La La" Edition

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss David Simon's new HBO show Treme, the death of the British punk impresario Malcolm McLaren, and the comedy of Tina Fey.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

HBO's official Web page for Treme.
Slate TV critic Troy Patterson's review of Treme.
Jody Rosen's remembrance of Malcolm McLaren on Slate.
Web sites for the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow.
Vivienne Westwood's 2010 fashion collection.
The Sex Pistols' documentary The Filth and the Fury.
Jessica Grose's take on Tina Fey and her Cathy trope on Slate.
Tina Fey's ooey, gooey brownie husband skit on Saturday Night Live.
Slate's Dana Stevens spoiler special on and review of Date Night.
The "Liz Lemonism" discussion on the blogs Tiger Beatdown and

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Pierre Fournier plays Bach's cello suites.
Julia's pick: Liz Phair's "Stratford-on-Guy" (referred to erroneously on the podcast as "Chicago at Night").
Jody's pick: The BBC's Robert Elm's podcast.
Steve's pick:  Sam Schulman's essay "Good Writers, Bad Men".

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Jody Rosen is critic at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.