Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest, “Hail Caesar” Edition

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In this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the new movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring motion-capture master Andy Serkis as a chimpanzee named Caesar. Next, they discuss the current state of the book review, especially in light of a recent British lawsuit awarding 65,000 pounds in damages to compensate for a negative review. For their final segment, they’re joined by Let’s Talk About Love author Carl Wilson to discuss his NYT “Riff” on “The Gen-X Nostalgia Boom.”

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

The Culture Gabfest’s “Dry T-Shirt Contest,” where you can view designs (send votes to
The official site of the new movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Dana’s review and Spoiler Special for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Brow Beat on “Can a Motion-Capture Performer Win An Oscar?
Torie Bosch’s “Future Tense” article on real Apes-style neuroenhancement research
A making-of featurette on how Weta and Andy Serkis brought Apes to life
Francis Wheen’s FT article on the author awarded 65,000 pounds in damages from a negative review
Robert Pinsky’s Slate article on a Keats hatchet job and “How Not To Write a Book Review
Christopher Hitchens’ takedown of David Mamet in the NYT Book Review
The official site of literary magazine The Believer
The Wikipedia pages for writers Stephen Spender and Cyril Connolly
Carl Wilson’s NYT “Riff” on the uses of nostalgia and the return of the 90s
Sean Fennessey’s GQ article on the 1990s as “The Decade That Won’t Die
Brian Stelter’s NYT article on Nickelodeon’s new “The ‘90s Are All That” late-night block
Francis Fukuyama’s argument that the end of the Cold War was “The End of History

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s picks: The making-of featurette about Andy Serkis’ performance as Gollum from the Lord of the Rings box set (you can also find behind-the-scenes footage of that performance on YouTube), and Dave Davies’ interview with Andy Serkis on NPR’s Fresh Air.
Julia’s pick: The “Oh, it looks good!” meme from Conan. (You can catch up with “Oh, it looks good!” on YouTube.)
Carl’s pick: James Mollison’s NYT photo gallery of “Where Children Sleep” (featuring photographs from his book of the same title).
Steve’s picks: Cecil Day-Lewis’ poem “On Not Saying Everything,” indie band Geographer’s video for “Wake With Me,” and wood oven bakery Pizza On Earth in Charlotte, Vt.

Outro: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

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