Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Martian, The Grinder, and whether Hamlet is fat.

Yes, The Martian Is Competence Porn. What’s Wrong With That?

Yes, The Martian Is Competence Porn. What’s Wrong With That?

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Oct. 7 2015 9:47 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Martian, The Grinder, and whether Hamlet is fat.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss last weekend’s box office smash, The Martian. Is it a charming crowd pleaser or artless competence porn? Next up, The Grinder stars Rob Lowe as a former TV lawyer who joins his brother’s firm. The show isn’t wildly original, but is it funny? Finally, a recent Slate investigation asked whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet was fat. The critics weigh in: How do we determine what a fictional character looks like?

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