Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Beautiful Blind Spot” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the Fyre Festival documentaries, The Wife, and Oscar nominations.

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This week, Sam and Dana are joined by Slate staffer Shannon Palus to discuss the Fyre Festival, a would-be Eden for Instagram influencers that ended in disaster. The event has been immortalized by both Netflix and Hulu in a pair of documentaries released days apart. What can the debacle tell us about our culture more broadly, and does either doc really understand who’s to blame? Next, The Wife may finally win Glenn Close an Oscar for Best Actress that many consider to be long overdue, but the critics debate whether this is the role that deserves the academy’s recognition. Finally, they break down the Oscar nominations more broadly, discussing how the influx of new Academy members seems to be changing its tastes, the nominations that pleasantly surprised them, and the snubs that broke their hearts.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

• Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
• Hulu’s Fyre Fraud
• “With Hulu and Netflix’s Fyre Festival Docs, Instagram Influencers Get Their Gimme Shelter” by Sam Adams
• “Fyre Fight: The Inside Story of How We Got Two Warring Fyre Festival Documentaries in the Same Week” by Scott Tobias in the Ringer
The Wife
Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife
Should Glenn Close Win Best Actress for The Wife?” by Inkoo Kang
• “Glenn Close Does Oscar-Worthy Work in The Wife” by Richard Lawson in Vanity Fair
• “Glenn Close is the most nominated living actor to never win an Oscar” by Sonaiya Kelley in the Los Angeles Times
Roma and The Favourite Lead the 2019 Oscar Nominees” by Marissa Martinelli
• “The Academy Is a House Divided — and That’s a Good Thing” by Mark Harris in Vulture
• RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening
• Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap
Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace
First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke
• Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Sam: Sharon Van Etten’s new album, Remind Me Tomorrow

Julia: The second season of Friends from College

Dana: John C. Reilly on the Comedy of Laurel And Hardy: ‘It’s Almost Like A Ballet’” by Dave Davies on NPR

Outro: “Beat Relaxed” from Epidemic Sound

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

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