Slate’s Culture Gabfest on new podcast Serial, Dan Pashman’s new book Eat More Better, and Zadie Smith’s essay Find Your Beach.

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Oct. 15 2014 10:42 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Find Your Biatch” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Serial, Dan Pashman’s Eat More Better, and Zadie Smith’s essay “Find Your Beach.”

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics talk about the new spin-off from This American Life, the narrative nonfiction podcast Serial. Is reporting on crime at odds with the imperative to tell a good story, or can radio veterans Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder pull it off? Next, Dan Pashman joins the critics in the studio to talk about his new book, Eat More Better. How do you eat fries in your car, anyway? Pashman applies his scientific mind to the snack problems of our day. Finally, Zadie Smith’s essay “Find Your Beach” has hit a nerve for a lot of New Yorkers. The gabbers talk about living in and writing about this most paradoxical of cities.

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



Dana: The Last Bookstore, in Los Angeles.

Julia: Hiking from Baker to Marshall’s beaches, in the Bay Area.

Outro: “Manhattan,” by Cat Power

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