On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the durability of President Obama’s bipartisan relationship with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the showdown over judicial appointments
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Dana Stevens, June Thomas and David Haglund chat about Before Midnight, the third installment of Richard Linklater’s ongoing chronicle of a fictional love affair. They also discuss HBO’s new Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, which is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Lastly, the Gabbers take on the topic of character likability in fiction: How important is it to you that characters in literature be likable?
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):
Emily thinks that President Obama’s legacy will be secured or lost in the courts—so he needs to make his judicial appointments a priority.
CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):
My Dinner With Andre, directed by Louis Malle.
Michael Apted’s The Up Series.
Filmmaker Whit Stillman.
Travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Dana Stevens reviews Before Midnight for Slate.
Richard Brody on Before Midnight for the New Yorker.
“Before Midnight Isn’t About Us, but It Sure Feels That Way” by David Haglund for Slate.
Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, by Scott Thorson and Alex Thorleifson.
“Was Liberace a Good Pianist?” by Bryan Lowder for Slate.
Dana Stevens reviews Behind the Candelabra for Slate.
Slate’s Spoiler Special on the film.
Author Claire Messud’s interview with Publishers Weekly.
The New Yorker’s forum on character likability.
“I Like Likable Characters,” by Jennifer Weiner for Slate.
Boris Kachka’s interview with Messud in New York.
June: This blog post by Marc Shaiman, on writing songs for the now-canceled TV series Smash and the inner workings of a TV show.
David: I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era, by William Knoedelseder.
Outro: “Ana Ng,” by They Might Be Giants.