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This week on Slate Plus, Willa, Gabe, and Julia discuss which TV shows they watch with their spouses and which they watch alone. Then, they spoil the ending of Personal Shopper.
On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Personal Shopper, a French thriller from director Olivier Assayas starring Kristen Stewart as a celebrity assistant who is haunted by her dead twin brother. Critical reception has ranged from the impressed to the perplexed, but which camp do the gabbers find themselves in? Next, the New York Times Magazine’s Jody Rosen joins the show for a remembrance of Chuck Berry, the rock ’n’ roll legend who passed away over the weekend. Can he rightfully be called the inventor of rock and roll? Finally, the gabbers are joined by Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber of the Who? Weekly podcast to discuss the recent sale of Us Weekly to American Media Inc. and what changes that could mean for the tabloid they all used to love.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Personal Shopper
- “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry
- Just Around Midnight by Jack Hamilton
- “Roll Over, Beethoven” by Jack Hamilton in Slate
- The Slate Academy on Pop, Race, and the ’60s
- “Bittersweet Little Rock and Roller” by Ann Powers for NPR
- The Who? Weekly podcast
- @GossipCop on Twitter
- Us Weekly
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Willa: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Gabe: “ ‘London Bridge Is Down’: The Secret Plan for the Days After the Queen’s Death” by Sam Knight in the Guardian
Outro: “Maybellene” by Chuck Berry
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