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Stephen is joined by Slate’s Gabriel Roth and the New York Times’ Aisha Harris to discuss Jennifer Kent’s new movie, The Nightingale, about the brutality and racism of colonial Australia. Is the film brutally honest about Britain’s colonial regime, or just brutal? Then, Amazon’s The Boys is a superhero satire based on a comic series by Garth Ennis that presents superheroes as preening, mostly nihilistic übermensches. Finally, the panel discusses the life and work of the great Toni Morrison with Sarah J. Jackson, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.