Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “You Will Never Be Enough” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Crazy Rich Asians, Younger, and Elon Musk.

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This week, Julia, Isaac, and Inkoo discuss Crazy Rich Asians, unpacking why it matters that the first major studio movie in decades to feature an all-Asian cast is a romantic comedy—and the burden of expectations around such a milestone for representation. Next, the critics talk Younger, a satire of the publishing industry from the creator of Sex and the City. How does a show with such a wacky premise handle serious topics like ageism and #MeToo? Finally, the gabbers examine our collective fascination with Elon Musk as a cultural figure.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Inkoo: Alison Willmore’s “ ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Doesn’t Care About Your Impossible Expectations” in BuzzFeed

Isaac: Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Julia: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Outro: “Something Blue” by Peter Sandberg

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