Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “WTF Were You Thinking” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Colossal, Comedy Central’s Review, and Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad.

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This week on Slate Plus, Stephen, David and Julia go back over a few topics from last week now that they’re all back together.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new mishmash of a movie Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway as an American woman who discovers that she somehow controls a giant monster attacking South Korea. Does Hathaway drag the movie down with her, or is she its saving grace? Next they talk Review, a television show on Comedy Central that just wrapped up its final season. The show follows a “reviewer of life” and the darkly comedic results of his over-commitment to his assignments. Finally, the gabbers watch the Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad and break down its absurdities.

We’re excited to be heading to Australia in May 2017! We’ll be at the Sydney Writers Festival on May 27 and in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre on May 31.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: Former Gabfest intern Josephine Livingstone’s writing in the New Republic

Julia: The final season of Girls

Stephen: The Welcome to Night Vale live show; Faisal Devji’s “Post-Interest Politics” in the Los Angeles Review of Books; “Clay Pigeons” by Blaze Foley; and “Blues Run the Game” by Jackson C. Frank

Outro: “Clay Pigeons” by Blaze Foley

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