Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Under the Skin, the death of Gabriel García Márquez, and Gawker’s ban on Internet slang.

Should Gawker Ban Internet Slang?

Should Gawker Ban Internet Slang?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
April 23 2014 12:48 PM

The Culture Gabfest “GGM FTW” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Under the Skin, the death of Gabriel García Márquez, and Gawker’s ban on Internet slang.

The Culture Gabfest has moved! Find new episodes here.

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 292 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook page here:


The sponsor of today’s show is Audible. Get a free audiobook from Audible’s collection of more than 150,000 titles and a subscription to a daily audio digest when you sign up for a 30-day free trial at This week’s pick for the Culture Gabfest Bucket List—the books you’ve got to read to be a smarter culture hound—is Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, read by Annette Bening.

Sign up for Slate Plus to get ad-free podcasts, special bonus segments, discounted event tickets, a streamlined Slate reading experience, and more. Go to to learn more and join today. (You’ll also see a video from Steve, Dana, and Julia welcoming you to the program.)

Culturefest is on the radio! “Gabfest Radio” combines Slate’s Culture and Political Gabfests in one show—listen on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on WNYC’s AM820.

On May 4, the Culture Gabfest will be hosting a live show in Montreal as part of the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. The show is sold out, but tickets to a cocktail party with the gabbers on May 3 are available here.


Go to to vote for the Slate podcasts, which have been nominated for a Webby Award.

And don’t forget you can find Culture Gabfest T-shirts for sale in the Slate Store.

On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s art-house horror film, starring Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial femme fatale. Next, the gabbers welcome New Republic contributing editor Paul Berman to discuss the legacy of Gabriel García Márquez, titan of Latin American literature and magical realism. And finally, the critics debate Gawker editor Max Read’s decision to ban Internet slang from the site. Is it a sign of maturity or misguided conservatism?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:



Julia: Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and the funny peculiarity of watching 1930s styling through a 1970s lens.


You can email us at

This podcast was produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Anna Shechtman.

Follow us on Twitter. And please Like the Culture Gabfest on Facebook.

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.