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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary about the Nirvana frontman. In what new ways does it examine Cobain’s heavily dissected life? Next up, guest Seth Stevenson recently tried boxing and was surprised by how much he liked it. Why did he ultimately decide to give it up? Finally, the term “dad bod” went viral last week. What is dad bod, and is this an actual trend?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck on HBO
- Bleach by Nirvana
- Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
- “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
- Nevermind by Nirvana
- Live Through This by Hole
- Nirvana on MTV Unplugged in 1993
- Incesticide by Nirvana
- “What It’s Like to Hit a Man” by Seth Stevenson on Slate
- Manny Pacquiao’s gym in Los Angeles
- “What Is the Dad Bod? America’s Leading Expert Explains” by Amanda Hess on Slate
- “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod” by Mackenzie Pearson
- Top Gun
- Christian Marclay’s The Clock
Julia: Hamilton, a hip-hop inflected musical about the founding father that opens on Broadway this summer.
Steve: “The Conference Manifesto” by Christy Wampole and “Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists: Heroes or Racists? The Answer’s Not That Simple” by Caleb Crain
Outro: “In the Pines” by Lead Belly
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