Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Spark Oy!” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Revenant, Spark Joy, and profanity.

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This week on Slate Plus, Mike, Dana, and Laura discuss the cultural product that they’re most looking forward to watching, reading, or listening to in 2016.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss The Revenant: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a 19th-century fur trader on a quest for survival. Is it a masochistic slog, or is it a realistic portrait of the harsh conditions of the American frontier? Next up, professional organizer Marie Kondo released her latest self-help manual on tidying up. What do the gabbers make of her advice? Finally, Mark Edmundson discusses the role of profanity in a recent essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books. How does profanity create communities and shape worldviews?  

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Laura: The video game Don’t Starve

Mike: The video game Prune, George Lucas’ comments on Soviet filmmaking in his interview with Charlie Rose, and The Force Awakens Is the Least Interesting Star Wars Yet” by Brian Merchant in Vice

Dana: “How to Get Rid of Clutter and Live Abundantly” by Mallory Ortberg

Outro: “Do It Clean” by Echo and the Bunnymen

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