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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Moonlight, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film from writer and director Barry Jenkins. Why are audiences responding so strongly to Jenkins’ sensitive portrayal of a young black man discovering his sexuality? Next, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, but so far he has completely ignored the honor. Steve explains why he disagrees so vehemently with the Swedish Academy’s decision, and why Dylan himself hasn’t accepted the prize. Last, the hosts conduct a taste test of Soylent, Silicon Valley’s superfood. Is this “beige goo” the end of food as we know it?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Dana’s review of Moonlight in Slate
- Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy
- Stephen’s piece on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win in Slate
- David Sax’s New Yorker piece, “The Real Soylent Sickness“
- Lizzie Widdicombe’s New Yorker piece from 2014, “The End of Food“
- Soylent Green
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Dana: “Simple Twist of Fate“ by Bob Dylan
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