Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Apocalypse Mom” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on A Quiet Place, Howards End, and preventative care.

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It’s the Culture Gabfest’s 500th episode! This week, the critics discuss the new horror film A Quiet Place, directed by and starring John Krasinski. They debate whether the film should have been scarier, unpack the logistics of having a child in a post-apocalyptic world, and examine what has led to the recent indie-horror-movie resurgence. Then, the gabbers turn to Kenneth Lonergan’s Starz miniseries Howards End. Is this the definitive adaptation of the novel by E.M. Forster? Finally, the critics discuss Barbara Ehrenreich’s new piece about preventative care and how we should approach old age.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: This video of New York City in 1911

Julia: The Smitten Kitchen recipe for even more perfect blueberry muffins

Stephen: Mark Kozelek’s solo records

Outro: “You Missed My Heart,” by Mark Kozelek

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