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The Culture Gabfest “Lite in August” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Wet Hot American Summer, The End of the Tour, and air conditioning.

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This week on Slate Plus, the critics talk about their experiences at summer camp.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers tackle the rebooted cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, which Netflix recently released as a TV show. Was it worth reviving? Next, Jessica Winter joins Seth and Julia to discuss The End of the Tour, a film about an interview between journalist David Lipsky and novelist David Foster Wallace. How accurately did it capture the experience of interviewing someone for a profile? Finally, the critics weigh in on the Great Air Conditioning Debate of 2015. Is air conditioning a wasteful indulgence and evidence of office sexism, or is it critical to public health?

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Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:


Julia: The podcast The Moment With Brian Koppelman, particularly the recent episode featuring David Lipsky.

Seth: Unfinished novels like Pale King by David Foster Wallace and The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Steve: The folk singer Laura Marling.

Outro: “Catapult” by R.E.M.

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