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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the HQ Trivia app, and internet memes.

Domnhall Gleeson in Star Wars
Domhnall Gleeson in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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This week, the critics discuss the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson. They dig into its stunning visuals, examine how it fits into the wider Star Wars universe, and unpack the online backlash to the film. Then, Slate’s culture editor, Forrest Wickman, joins the conversation to talk about the new trivia app HQ Trivia and its live game-show style. Finally, the gabbers discuss internet memes, what gives some of them such longevity, and how they influence cultural discourse.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: Rian Johnson’s interview with Paul Thomas Anderson on the Director’s Cut podcast

Julia: “Fever” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Stephen: Simon Wren-Lewis’ blog Mainly Macro

Outro: Fever” by Carly Rae Jepsen

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