Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on A Star Is Born, America to Me, and “The Morality Wars.”

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This week, the critics tackle A Star Is Born, the new movie starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. What does this old-fashioned remake tell us in 2018? Can we still appreciate the classic Hollywood myth for what it is? Next, the gabbers unpack the Starz docuseries America to Me, which follows students at an outwardly progressive public high school where racial inequity remains a serious problem. Finally, they’re joined by friend of the podcast Wesley Morris to discuss “The Morality Wars,” his essay for the New York Times Magazine that has sparked a larger debate on the intersection of art, criticism, and social justice.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: Peter Stults’ series What If: Movies Reimagined for Another Time/Place

Julia: Tana French’s The Witch Elm

Steve: Taylor Swift (following her endorsement of two Tennessee Democrats) and “Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur

Outro: An edited version of “Luminescence” by Trevor Kowalski

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