Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Brain and Body Still Rebooting” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Private Life, Doctor Who, and Kanye’s political evolution.

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This week, the critics take on Private Life, the new comedy-drama starring Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn, debating the film’s relationship to its characters and how it wants us to feel about them. Next, they discuss the new Doctor Who with the help of Gabriel Roth, charting how it’s changed over a half-century and unpacking the counterintuitive coziness of “monster of the week”–style storytelling. Finally, they grapple with Kanye’s political evolution in light of his recent visit to the Oval Office. Is his affinity for Trump as inexplicable as it seems at first glance?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Private Life
• Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages
• “The New Movie From the Writer-Director of The Savages Is No Less, Well, Savage” by Inkoo Kang in Slate
Doctor Who
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
• “Kanye West Was in the Oval Office on Thursday and Had Some Ideas for the Nation” by Matthew Zeitlin in Slate
• “Kanye West Suffers From Trumpism” by Susan Matthews in Slate
• “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father” by David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner
The Slate Podcast Endorsement-O-Matic


Dana: “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye” by Ta-Nehisi Coates in the Atlantic and “We Wouldn’t Leave Kanye, But Should We?” by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris in the New York Times

Julia: Underwest Donuts in New York City

Steve: Duke Ellington’s Piano Reflections and the Chatham Berry Farm in Chatham, New York

Outro: An edited version of “New Thinking” by Johan Hynynen

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