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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Does this film play fast and loose with the facts of Turing’s life? Next up, HBO’s new show, Togetherness, is the latest in a series of hyper-realistic comedies that address the frustrations of modern marriage. Finally, major fashion brand Céline recently made Joan Didion its new icon. Are brains the new beauty, or does Céline simply know its target consumers better than it knows itself?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Bryan Lowder and June Thomas’ conversation in Slate about The Imitation Game
- Willa Paskin’s review of Togetherness about “the new normal” in prestige TV
- Please Give with Amanda Peet
- Heavenly Creatures with Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey
- Molly Fischer’s piece on Didion and Céline in New York magazine
Julia: The Smitten Kitchen recipe for the best yellow layer cake.
Outro: “Cheap Sunglasses” by ZZ Top
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