Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Two Steves and a Metcalf” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Lady Bird, Alias Grace, and the 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone.

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This week, the critics discuss the new film Lady Bird, starring Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan as a mother and daughter. Does Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut do enough to establish Gerwig’s voice, or does it fall into the realm of formulaic twee? Then, the gabbers talk about the Netflix series Alias Grace, based on a novel by Margaret Atwood, and examine its Canadian roots and its take on 19th-century true crime. Finally, they critics turn to the anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine, discussing its co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner, the magazine’s impact on the culture, and how it shaped each of their lives.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


June: Crafters on YouTube, including James Burke, Jennifer McGuire, K Werner Design, and Jogglesdotcom

Seth: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and “Crash Into Me” by the Dave Matthews Band

Dana: Emily Wilson’s new translation of the Odyssey


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