Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Top Five, the seven wonders of the modern world, and lumbersexuality.

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Top Five, the seven wonders of the modern world, and lumbersexuality.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, Steve is out, but David Haglund and Dan Gross are in! Chris Rock’s new movie Top Five has garnered him his best reviews in years. The all-star cast is undeniably excellent, but does some of Rock’s humor cut a little close to the bone? Next, Dan Gross’ series on the seven wonders of the modern world, celebrating the great achievements of our time, is underway at Slate. He joins the gabbers in the studio to talk modern marvels. Finally, Willa Brown’s essay at the Atlantic explores the so-called “lumbersexuality” trend in depth. Does she tells us something new about contemporary masculinity, or is this just a fashion story blown way out of proportion?


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