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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are chatting from their live show in Los Angeles. The panel discusses Parasite with L.A. Timesfilm critic Justin Chang. Next, they talk about a recent Aeonessay on the competitive pursuit of happiness. Finally, they are joined by Alena Smith, the creator of Apple TV+’s new series Dickinson.
The Slate Plus segment this week features a Q&A with L.A. audience members.
Dana: Caffe Latte in the strip mall at the corner Wilshire and Crescent Heights Boulevard in L.A. and the YouTube video, “O Fortuna Misheard Lyrics”
Julia: Emily Dickinson’s poem, “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass”
Steve: Sylvia Plath’s bookThe Bell Jar and Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay in the Baffler, “The Humanoid Stain”
Alena: tarot cards
Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
Update, Nov. 19, 2019: This post has been updated to include the week’s endorsements.
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.