Slate’s Culture Gabfest on It’s Me, Hilary; Laura Kipnis’ article on campus “sexual paranoia”; and the art of celebrity impressions.

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March 25 2015 12:20 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on It’s Me, Hilary; Laura Kipnis’ article about “sexual paranoia” on campus; and the art of celebrity impressions.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics gab about the new HBO documentary It’s Me, Hilary about Hilary Knight, the illustrator who drew the popular children’s book, Eloise. Next up, cultural critic and Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis wrote an article critiquing what she calls the “melodramatic” discourse surrounding campus sexual assault and romantic student-teacher relationships. A backlash ensued, and the critics weigh in: Are students being overly sensitive? Finally, what makes mimicry into a work of art? Guest Jacob Rubin, author of the new novel The Poser about a talented impressionist, joins to discuss celebrity impersonation.  


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



Julia: A New York Times post on “journalese” and “mayhem,” and the film Working Girl

Outro: “Walk Away Renée” by Billy Bragg

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