Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” and alien superstructures.

The Existence of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Is a Television Miracle

The Existence of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Is a Television Miracle

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Oct. 28 2015 9:15 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Ah Aliens! Ah Humanity!” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, alien superstructures, and “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers chat about the new CW musical comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Is it crazy good or just good by comparison to the other shows in the bleak fall TV lineup? Next up, did citizen scientists really just discover aliens? Guest Phil Plait joins to separate science fact from science fiction. Finally, guest Andrew Kahn joins to discuss the interactive, annotated version of “Bartleby, the Scrivener” that he recently built for Slate. What does interactivity bring to the interpretation of a classic story?

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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.