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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?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- The Martian
- Good Will Hunting
- The Martian, the novel by Andy Weir
- The Grinder
- Better Call Saul
- The Wonder Years
- The First Quarto of Hamlet (The New Cambridge Shakespeare)
- Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch
- “Is Hamlet Fat?” by Isaac Butler in Slate
- Julius Caesar
- Real Enemies, a play written and directed by Isaac Butler
- Richard Burton’s Hamlet
- I’m Not There
- Smiley’s People
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre
- Harry Potter
- Pictures from the Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York
- Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist
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Outro: John Cale’s “Graham Greene”
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