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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Black Mass, the story of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Does it transform or conform to the genre of the gangster movie? Next, Lisa Beasley and Scott Morehead from Chicago’s the Second City join to perform and discuss sketch comedy. How do Second City actors write and perfect a sketch? Finally, the critics weigh in on Donald Trump. Will ignoring his impact diminish it, or will it simply turn him into more of a right-wing superhero?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Black Mass
- Dana’s review of Black Mass in Slate
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Pauline Kael’s 1972 review of The Godfather in the New Yorker
- The Godfather
- The Second City
- The Second City performer Lisa Beasley
- The Second City performer Scott Morehead
- WTF With Marc Maron
- “The Importance of Donald Trump” by Frank Rich in New York magazine
- Chicago’s Trump Tower
- The Apprentice
- “Just Ignore Them?” by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate
This episode of Slate’s Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Open Account, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. Open Account explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. It is available now on iTunes.
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