Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Last Man on Earth, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel writing, and the viral phenomenon of the dress.

Knausgaard’s Travel Writing: An Epic Tour de Force, or Pretentious Stunt Journalism?

Knausgaard’s Travel Writing: An Epic Tour de Force, or Pretentious Stunt Journalism?

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March 4 2015 11:45 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Last Man on Earth, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel writing, and the viral phenomenon of “the dress.”

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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:

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Endorsements:

Dana: Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert Solow and Robert Justman

Julia: “Living Like Weasels” by Annie Dillard in the book Teaching a Stone to Talk

Steve: “The Next Next Level” by Leon Neyfakh on n+1

Outro: “One” by Three Dog Night

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