Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “If Only Garfield Had Taken His Clothes Off” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 99 Homes, Wesley Morris on identity, and Dana Stevens’ cinematic tour through Tokyo. 

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This week on Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the defining metaphors of their lives.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers review 99 Homes, an indie film about the aftermath of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Is it sophisticated economic commentary or a heavy-handed morality tale? Next up, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wesley Morris joins to discuss his recent piece in the New York Times Magazine about the ways that 2015 has profoundly confronted us with the fluidity of identity. How did we get to this point, and are we actually there? Finally, our own Dana Stevens wrote a piece for Slate about her recent trip to Japan. How did her travels intersect with Japanese cinema?


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Dana: The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution by Scott Eyman

Julia: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Steve: The syrah from La Clarine Farm and seeing the musician Nick Lowe live

Outro: “Only Shallow” by My Bloody Valentine

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