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July 2 2014 1:18 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Grief Sandwich” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on They Came Together, HBO’s The Leftovers, and ClickHole

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss They Came Together, a new film from the creators of Wet Hot American Summer, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. It’s a broad parody of romantic comedies, a genre already replete with self-parody. Next, the gabbers turn to The Leftovers, an HBO adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel, which envisions something like the Rapture—and its bleak suburban aftermath. And finally, the critics turn to ClickHole, the Onion’s new site lampooning clickbait-driven Web culture.

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

Endorsements:

John: Max Ophuls’ La Ronde (1950), based on Arthur Schnitzler’s fin de siècle “rom-com” play.

Julia: Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ evangelical series about the Rapture, which provides anthropological and sociological insight into American religious extremism.

Steve: Carl L. Becker’s Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas, in anticipation of the Fourth of July.

Outro: “An American Dream” by Love and Rockets

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

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

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

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