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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?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Love on Netflix
- Other shows featuring manic pixie jerk girls: You’re the Worst and UnReal
- Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show, Master of None
- Togetherness, another sad show about love set in L.A.
- Willa Paskin’s review of Love on Slate
- The documentary Amy
- The songs “Rehab” and “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse
- A.O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism
- “Everybody’s a Critic. And That’s How It Should Be,” an essay adapted from A.O. Scott’s book in the New York Times
- Daniel Mendelsohn’s review of A.O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism in the New York Times
- Laura Miller’s review of Better Living Through Criticism on Slate
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Dana: Watching Slate writers act in the video series The Best Case for Best Picture
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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