Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 506 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.
On this week’s Slate Plus, Stephen, Dana, and Julia spoil First Reformed.
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This week the critics discuss Paul Schrader’s new film First Reformed, about a minister in upstate New York confronting death, his conscience, and climate change. Next, they talk about the comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, in which Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark recount true-crime stories to each other. Production assistant Daniel Schroeder steps in to try to convince the critics not to hate the show. Finally, Laura Bennett joins the gabbers to talk about her recent feature in Slate about Tucker Max, how he ghostwrote Tiffany Haddish’s book, and whether he’s reckoned at all with his previous work.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- First Reformed
- My Favorite Murder
- “Grisly Murders and Serial Killers? Ooh, Tell Me More” by Alex Hawgood in the New York Times
- Slow Burn
- “Tucker Max’s Culture War” by Laura Bennett in Slate
- I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
- I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell movie
- The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Dana: Light Sleeper
Julia: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Stephen: “The Shield of Achilles” by W.H. Auden
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This podcast was produced by Benjamin Frisch. The production assistant is Daniel Schroeder.