Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Lazarus” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on David Bowie, The Hateful Eight, and Making a Murderer.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss David Bowie’s life and career. What made Bowie such a perfect figurehead for the world’s misfits? Next up, the film The Hateful Eight continues Quentin Tarantino’s historical revision jag. Is his recent work morally defensible and timely or ineffably evil? Finally, the new Netflix series Making a Murderer is a 10-part true-crime documentary that highlights injustices in the criminal justice system. Does the genre of true crime inject a much-needed dose of realism into our understanding of the criminal justice system, or does it unnecessarily focus our attention on lurid, exceptional cases?   


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Julia: Lit, Mary Karr’s memoir

Aisha: The movie Grandma

Dana: “Read David Bowie’s Reflection on Being a New Yorker” in New York magazine

Outro: “Lazarus” by David Bowie

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