Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “Two Severed Thumbs Up” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Banshees of InisherinWerewolf by Night, and the generational divide of emoji use.


Episode Notes

This week, the panel begins by discussing the new Martin McDonagh dramedy, The Banshees of Inisherin. Then, a chat about composer Michael Giacchino’s foray into directing with Werewolf by Night on Disney+. Finally, they reflect on the generational divide over emoji use.

In Slate Plus, the panel talks about Anna Mae Wong, the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood, being the new face on a US coin.

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Dana: Happened upon this endorsement because kept me up late watching. If you are a cult horror fan you are probably already familiar with Carnival of Souls. If you aren’t familiar, it has this feeling of creepy rightness that makes it worth watching. It’s all vibes.

Julia: A new work by a little singer-songwriter you may have missed…Taylor Swift’s new release, Midnights is out now. It’s sort of halfway between pop-Taylor and folk-Taylor. Check out the song “Anti-Hero.”

Steve: Everybody knows The Zombies, but you may have missed lead singer Colin Blunstone’s masterpiece of a solo record One Year. Blunstone reissued the album last year. His vocals are so precise and unexpectedly baroque. The album saved my life this Halloween from the poison of poptimism.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama.

Outro music is “Haunted Playhouse” by Stationary Sign


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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