Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Hum in the Drum” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Baby Driver, Jay Z’s album 4:44, and David Brooks’ infamous sandwich op-ed.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new film Baby Driver from director Edgar Wright, about a young man named Baby who works as a getaway driver. How does it fit into Wright’s oeuvre, and is there anything more below the very stylish surface? Next, they’re joined by Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton to pour over Jay Z’s new album 4:44 and consider what it adds to the narrative about Beyoncé and Jay Z. Finally, the gabbers dig into David Brooks’ latest op-ed about sandwiches and the American dream.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: The films of Martin Landau, including Ed Wood and Crimes and Misdemeanors

Julia: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Stephen: The musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Outro: “Prologue” from the original Broadway cast recording of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

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