Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Race, Class, Gosling” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Nice Guys, TV’s dwindling middle class, and Slate’s black film canon.

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This week on Slate Plus, the gabbers speak about the universal dilemma of breaking up with your cable company. Is live sports the only thing keeping us from cutting the cord? Is the patchwork quilt of your own tailored streamed TV worth it?

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. Is this funny movie funny smart or funny stupid? Next up, Wesley Morris’ piece for the New York Times Magazine, “TV’s Dwindling Middle Class,” and the classlessness of contemporary TV shows. Finally, Aisha Harris joins us from her moving van to talk about creating Slate’s black film canon and appreciating the work of black directors.

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Endorsements:

Julia: Frank Lloyd Wright’s labyrinthine home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois.

Wesley: Theater in New York, especially The Humans and Shuffle Along. Universal endorsement of homemade fruit pie!

Stephen: Dame Iris Murdoch’s writing and reading Graham Greene as an adult.

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