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July 9 2014 12:39 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Babbling Brooks” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Snowpiercer, Vicious, and David Brooks’ guide to emotional depth.

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Bong Joon-ho’s new film Snowpiercer, a dark political allegory with the action sequences and budget of a summer blockbuster. Next, the gabbers turn to the British sitcom Vicious, starring Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi as two “vicious queens” who have lived together for almost fifty years. And finally, the critics take on David Brooks, who spoke at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival about our culture’s overvaluation of shallow success. Is a wildly successful apologist for unfettered capitalism the appropriate advocate for emotional depth?

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

Endorsements:

Dana: Albert Coffee, aka “the Real Indiana Jones,” an archeologist and tour guide in Guanajuato, Mexico.

June: These Things Happen by Richard Kramer, a funny novel about coming out in Manhattan.

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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.

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

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