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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.

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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?

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

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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 is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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