Slate’s Culture Gabfest on White God, Simon Doonan’s “Charm Offensive,” and karaoke.

What Makes an Epic Karaoke Performance?

What Makes an Epic Karaoke Performance?

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April 1 2015 10:25 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Fluffy Karaoke Chicken Bites Dog” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on White God, Simon Doonan’s “Charm Offensive,” and karaoke. 

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the film White Dog, a searing parable about childhood and animal cruelty. Next up, guest Simon Doonan joins to talk about his recent Slate series on charm. Is dazzle defunct in the modern world, or are we simply winning people over in charming new ways? Finally, the gabfesters and guest Dan Kois took a field trip to a karaoke bar to report from the front lines.   

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



Dana: 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

Julia: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Steve: Minds, Brains and Science by John Searle

Outro: “Midnight Train to Georgia” karaoke rendition by Dana Stevens

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.