Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Oopsie Jar” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on A Simple Favor, Boom Town, and the art of headline writing.

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This week, Dana, Stephen, and New York Times Magazine staffer Sam Anderson unpack A Simple Favor, asking the fundamental question for twisty noirs everywhere: How much plot is too much? Next, they dive into Sam’s new book, Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis. Finally, the gabbers take on the fine art of headline writing, debating the tabloids’ greatest hits and exploring the way the internet has changed the industry.

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Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Endorsements:

Dana: Julia Turner’s new podcast, Women in Charge, and the Flaming Lips documentary The Fearless Freaks

Sam: “Living Like Weasels,” from Annie Dillard’s essay collection Teaching a Stone to Talk

Stephen: Robert Frost’s North of Boston, and particularly the poem “The Death of the Hired Man

Outro: “Road to Monte Carlo 2” by Magnus Ringblom

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This podcast was produced by Benjamin Frisch. Our production assistant is Alex Barasch.

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