Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Before Midnight, HBO’s Liberace Biopic Behind The Candelabra, and Character Likability in Literature

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May 29 2013 10:55 AM

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Slate's podcast about the film Before Midnight, HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, and character likability in literature.

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On this week’s episode, our critics chat about Before Midnight, the third installment of Richard Linklater’s ongoing chronicle of a fictional love affair. They also discuss HBO’s new Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, which is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Lastly, the Gabbers take on the topic of character likability in fiction: How important is it to you that characters in literature be likable?

Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Endorsements:

June: This blog post by Marc Shaiman, on writing songs for the now-canceled TV series Smash and the inner workings of a TV show.

Dana: A reciprocated endorsement for the band They Might Be Giants (we love you guys, too!), namely their second album, Lincoln.

Outro: “Ana Ng,” by They Might Be Giants.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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