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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on George Orwell’s 1984, Feud, and sleeping habits.

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This week on Slate Plus, Stephen, Dana, and Julia debate the merits and drawbacks of books versus audiobooks.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984, its recent resurgence, and how it functions as a guidebook of sorts in the age of “alternative facts.” Next, they chat about the new FX limited series Feud: Bette and Joan, starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon as Hollywood rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Is it as juicy as we were led to expect? Finally, the gabbers discuss that universal feature of human and animal life: sleep. They debate different viewpoints about which sleep habits are “natural” and the merits of being an early riser or a night owl.

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Endorsements

Dana: The streaming service Filmstruck

Julia: In The Woods by Tana French

Stephen: George Orwell’s nonfiction

Outro: “The Old Hag Is Sleeping” by The Fiery Furnaces

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