Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Giver, ironic misandry, and movie soundtracks.

Actually, I Don’t Drink Male Tears

Actually, I Don’t Drink Male Tears

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Aug. 20 2014 10:18 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Precision of Language” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Giver, ironic misandry, and movie soundtracks.

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On this week’s episode, Julia, Dana, and Slate culture editor Dan Kois talk about the new movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian schoolroom-staple The Giver. Can Jeff Bridges’ version outshine the Hunger Games juggernaut, or is The Giver’s anti-conformist message too outdated to be interesting? Next up, Slate’s own Amanda Hess has identified an interesting seam of Internet conversation: ironic misandry. Can a political joke ever truly be funny? Can a funny joke ever be effectively political? The gabbers decide whether or not to drink the male tears Kool-Aid. Finally, given the massive success of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, a conversation is in order: Our critics pronounce on great soundtrack albums, the marriages of celluloid and song you should know and love.

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



Julia: Meryl Streep singing Shel Silverstein’s “I’m Checking Out” in Postcards From the Edge.

Dan: The Magician’s Land, the third installment of Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy.


Dana: 1983’s Valley Girl, starring Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman.

Outro: The Streep edition of “I’m Checking Out.”

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Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

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.