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On this week’s Slate Plus, Dana, Stephen, and Jack spoil Mother!
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Julia is out this week, so Dana and Stephen are joined by a rotating cast. First, Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton stops by to discuss Mother!, the new film from Darren Aronofsky, covering the various critical reactions to the film and debating whether the film uses allegory as a tool or a bludgeon. Next, Slate television critic Willa Paskin comes on to talk about the new documentary series The Vietnam War from Ken Burns. Finally, the gabbers welcome Culture Gabfest producer Benjamin Frisch on to discuss his latest piece in Slate about working as a caricature artist in an amusement park.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Mother! trailer
- Dana’s review of Mother! in Slate
- Dana discusses Mother! with Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams for Slate’s Spoiler Special podcast
- Heaven’s Gate
- The Vietnam War
- “Meet Lynn Novick” by Alyssa Rosenberg in the Washington Post
- Willa’s review of The Vietnam War in Slate
- “The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature” by Benjamin Frisch in Slate
- The Fun Family by Benjamin Frisch
Outro: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher
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