Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Wayward Pines, Periscope, and Simon Pegg’s critique of geek culture in Hollywood.

The Slate Culture Gabfest Tries Periscope

The Slate Culture Gabfest Tries Periscope

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May 27 2015 10:47 AM

The Culture Gabfest “I See Floating Hearts” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Wayward Pines, Periscope, and Simon Pegg’s critique of geek culture in Hollywood.

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This week on Slate Plus, the critics talk about their most memorable summer jobs.   

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Wayward Pines, a new miniseries executive produced by director M. Night Shyamalan. Is this summer thriller watchable or skippable? Then: Periscope is a new video streaming app. How does it work, what is its appeal, and will it change the way we all consume media? Finally, actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg has called himself the “poster child” for geek culture. What do the critics and guest Jamelle Bouie make of Pegg’s recent claim that Hollywood is increasingly infantilizing its target audience?

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

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Endorsements:

Dana: The Japan Journals: 1947–2004 by Donald Richie

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Julia: Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Outro: “Dance of the Dream Man” by Angelo Badalamenti

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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.