Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “I’ll Be Your Mirror” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Todd Haynes’ new documentary The Velvet Underground, Midnight Mass, and the controversy surrounding comedian Dave Chappelle.


Episode Notes

This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Karen Han. First, Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson chimes in to discuss Todd Haynes’ new The Velvet Underground documentary, which he wrote beautifully about for Slate. Next, the panel (minus Dana) is joined by Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion to review Mike Flanagan’s newest Netflix horror series, Midnight Mass—which she also wrote lovingly about. Finally, the panel (minus Dana) is joined by Vulture senior editor and host of the Good One podcast, Jesse David Fox, to discuss the Dave Chappelle controversy.

In Slate Plus, the panel discusses media they loved when they were younger that they have since outgrown.

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Dana: The book equivalent of Todd Haynes’ documentary, the first oral history Dana ever read and still one of the best she’s ever read to this day: Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton. The oral history tells the story of actress and model Edie Sedgwick completely through testimony from people that were there, without any interstitial material.

Karen: New World, the Korean crime drama film from Park Hoon-jung that stars Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae. The film features Lee as an undercover cop who is tasked with infiltrating the mob but ends up caught between two worlds. It also stars a slew of great Korean actors including Hwang Jung-min and Song Ji-hyo.

Steve: First, Netflix’s series The Chestnut Man, a dark, taut crime drama which takes place in Copenhagen. Then, a whole genre of YouTube videos taking you from raw audio of rehearsal to master tape of Elvis’ songs, including “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”—though, Neil Diamond’s version of that one is better.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe.

Outro music is “I’ll Be Your Mirror” by the Velvet Underground.


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.

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