Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Silence, GMOs, and Dr. Seuss’ newly released book.

Dr. Seuss Decided Not to Publish What Pet Should I Get? Why Publish It Now?

Dr. Seuss Decided Not to Publish What Pet Should I Get? Why Publish It Now?

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July 29 2015 9:43 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Go Set a Pet” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Look of Silence, GMOs, and Dr. Seuss’ newly released book.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his 2012 documentary, The Act of Killing. How does this approach to Indonesia’s 1965 genocide and its legacy compare? Next, Will Saletan spent the last year digging into the facts about genetically modified organisms. Is the debate about genetically engineered food as full of misinformation and hyperbole as he claims? Finally, What Pet Should I Get?, a new book by Dr. Seuss, was posthumously published this week. Is it an instant classic or an anticlimax?

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Julia: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Steve: Grilling pizza

Outro: “Yertle the Turtle” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

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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.