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.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


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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