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About the Show
New York Times critic Dwight Garner says, “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
On Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the end of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in full spoiler-y detail.
This week, Dana, Steve, and Julia discuss Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s surprisingly tender take on Golden Age Los Angeles and the Manson family murders. It’s clear that he’s reckoning with the effects of violence and the limitations of his craft—but is that enough to absolve him of the inevitable gore? Next, the critics take on The Great Hack, a new documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, debating whether it sacrifices clarity on real, urgent issues in the name of sloppy sensationalism. Finally, they unpack Molly Fischer’s viral longread in the Cut, “What Happens When Lyme Disease Becomes an Identity?”
Links to some of the things we discussed this week: