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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Spy, a new film by Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig. Is it their best collaboration since Bridesmaids? Next up, Unreal is a new scripted drama on Lifetime that takes a dark look at the world of reality television. Is it a satisfying takedown of the genre? Finally, guest Dan Kois joins to talk about his recent visit to the ClickHole writers’ room and why he thinks the Onion spinoff is the best thing on the Internet.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Freaks and Geeks
- The Heat
- Dana’s review of Spy in Slate
- Dana and Forrest Wickman’s Spoiler Special of Spy in Slate
- Unreal on Lifetime
- Devious Maids on Lifetime
- The Bachelor
- The Bachelorette
- Dan Kois’ piece on ClickHole in Slate
- “The Time I Spent On a Commercial Whaling Ship Totally Changed My Perspective On The World” in ClickHole
- “We Need To Stop Teaching Our Kids That It’s Okay To Think Chris Webber Was A Complete Basketball Player” in ClickHole
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Dana: The Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama From the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen
Steve: “Going Way Too Deep Down the Rabbit Hole With Nicki Minaj’s Recent Bar Mitzvah Appearance” by Rembert Browne on Grantland
Outro: “Cavern” by Liquid Liquid
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