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Sept. 4 2013 11:27 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Working-Class Slag From a Crap Town” Edition

Slate’s podcast about the new film Drinking Buddies, increasing human life expectancy, and Simon Doonan’s latest book The Asylum.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Drinking Buddies, the latest film by Joe Swanberg, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. Set in a Chicago brewery, the film follows Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) as they negotiate their platonic friendship, their entrance into bourgeois adulthood, and their respective romantic relationships. Think When Harry Met Sally meets A Midsummer Night's Dream, saturated in an excess of beer. Next, the Gabfest turns to a new Slate series by science and health editor Laura Helmuth on the swiftly increasing human lifespan and its effects on our conception of self. Laura joins the critics to explain, among other things, why we are #NotDeadYet. Finally, creative ambassador for Barneys and Slate contributor Simon Doonan talks about his latest book The Asylum, explaining his ascent from “working class slag” to fashion industry mainstay.

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


Dana: A Story of Film, Turner Classic Movies’s 15-part documentary and accompanying film series on the history of cinema.

John: The Warriors, a 1979 cult classic directed by Walter Hill

Simon: CBS fantasy drama Under the Dome

Steve: Ray Monk’s new biography of Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

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