Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Elan Deficit” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Ocean’s 8, Instagram stories, and Anthony Bourdain.

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On this week’s Slate Plus, Dana and Julia are inspired by their Instagram stories to discuss cinematography.

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This week, the critics weigh in on the new heist movie Ocean’s 8, starring an ensemble cast led by Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway. Does the talent involved compensate for a subpar script? Next, the gabbers try to understand the appeal of Instagram stories by creating their own. Will this change how they approach social media in general? Finally, they’re joined by Helen Rosner of the New Yorker to discuss Anthony Bourdain’s legacy and how he shaped food culture.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: The Budapest episode of Parts Unknown

Julia: The Long Goodbye

Stephen: Girl in Red

Outro: “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” by Girl in Red

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