Gabfest Radio: The Coffee vs. Booze Edition

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On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the challenges of questioning and prosecuting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the handling of terror suspects since 9/11. They also discuss the complexities that confront Colorado as it tries to regulate its new marijuana industry.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas are joined by author Mason Currey to talk about his new book on the daily routines of creative people and how the coffee vs. booze dialectic played out among the artists and writers he profiles. The Gabfesters then discuss Rectify, the new series from the Sundance Channel about a man released from prison after 19 years on death row. Finally, Slate culture editorial assistant Bryan Lowder joins the Culturefest to discuss his Slate series about the camp aesthetic. Our critics ponder the distinction between camp and campy and the oft-blurred line between camp and kitsch.  

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Here are links to some of the items mentioned in this week’s episode:

POLITICAL GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):

Read all of Slate’s continuing coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Emily wrote about the Justice Department’s expansion of the “public safety exception.” She also argued that the FBI questioned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for too long before informing him of his Miranda rights.

Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar, writing in Slate, argues that the Supreme Court should allow “the admission of all evidence gathered as a result of a civilized compulsory interrogation.”

David mentions a piece in New York Magazine that details some dark political strategies employed by an Orthodox Jewish majority in an upstate New York community.

Colorado Matters, a program of Colorado Public Radio, recently aired a segment that compared Washington and Colorado’s respective approaches to regulating their nascent marijuana markets.

The New York Times also published an overview of some of Colorado’s regulatory decisions.

Emily mentions Benjamin Leff’s creative tax advice for marijuana growers.  

CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):

Mason Currey’s new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and the blog that lead to it, Daily Routines.

Mason Currey’s series for Slate on the daily rituals of artists and writers.

The relocation to a Dublin gallery of Francis Bacon’s studio.

Mike Hale on Rectify for the New York Times.

Bryan Lowder’s Slate series, “Postcards From Camp.”

Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” which brought the concept of camp to the mainstream.

The video for Annie Lennox’s song “No More I Love Yous.”

The classic campy movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The production of The Testament of Mary now playing on Broadway, which stars Fiona Shaw.

The Joan Crawford movie Trog.

The literary theorist Roland Barthes and the cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum.

Director John Waters’ kitchsy sensibilities.


Dana: Buster Keaton’s 1920 short One Week, a masterpiece of American cinema and an allegory about love and marriage with jaw-dropping stunts.

June: “Writing in the Dark: Confessions of a Literary Night Owl,” Kathryn Schulz’s 2012 essay for New York about doing her best writing in the middle of the night, which inspired June to wonder if it’s possible to live an upside-down life.

Stephen: New York’s interview with the founding editor of the New York Review of Books: “In Conversation With Robert Silvers.”