Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Decadent Slime” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The OA, Fences, and art in hard times.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new Netflix series The OA, about a young blind woman who went missing for seven years and then returned with her sight. The show has divided audiences almost exactly down the middle, with one half finding its metaphysical questions either captivating or insufferable. On which side do the gabbers fall? Then, University of California, Los Angeles, theater professor Dominic Taylor joins the show to discuss the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences and the struggles of translating theatrical productions into films. Last, the critics tackle the question: Do hard times lead to great art?


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Dana: Joe Weisberg’s interview on The Open Mind

Julia: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Stephen: Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit

Outro: “Opening Theme” of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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