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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss The Last Man on Earth: a new post-apocalyptic sitcom starring Will Forte. Can a show with this premise last longer than a couple of episodes? Next up, Karl Ove Knausgaard is writing a travel story for the New York Times Magazine. Is it an epic, Tocquevillian tour de force or a self-indulgent piece of stunt journalism? Finally, a picture of a white and gold (or was it black and blue?) dress broke the Internet last week, generating a worldwide existential crisis of perception. What made it such a viral phenomenon?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- The Lego Movie
- 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street
- Flight of the Conchords
- 30 Rock
- “My Saga” by Karl Ove Knausgaard
- “Karl Ove Knausgaard Is the World’s Worst Travel Writer” by Katy Waldman in Slate
- Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series
- Crime and Punishment
- Slate’s comprehensive coverage of the dress
- Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
- “How One Dress United the Internet” by Amanda Hess
- Seeing Things as They Are by John Searle
Dana: Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert Solow and Robert Justman
Steve: “The Next Next Level” by Leon Neyfakh on n+1
Outro: “One” by Three Dog Night
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