Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Needless With Three E’s” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Anne With an E, FaceApp, and Caity Weaver’s profile of Dwayne Johnson in GQ.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Netflix’s Anne With an E, the newest adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The story is a beloved children’s classic, so why is this adaptation so dark and unsophisticated? Next, they experiment with FaceApp, the face manipulation app that allows you to alter your appearance to reflect different ages and genders, while discussing the app’s inherent narcissism and questioning whether there’s anything deeper at play here. Finally, the gabbers dive into Caity Weaver’s profile of Dwayne Johnson in GQ and explore how Weaver is reviving the celebrity profile genre.


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


You can find Julia, Dana, and Stephen’s FaceApp collages over on our Facebook page.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: Margaret Atwood’s essay about Anne of Green Gables in the Guardian

Julia: Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York by Justin Davidson

Stephen: Live at Massey Hall by Neil Young

Outro: “Old Man” by Neil Young

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