Culture Gabfest on the death of Gawker and pop culture vacations.

The Rise and Fall of Gawker

The Rise and Fall of Gawker

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Aug. 24 2016 1:28 PM

The Culture Gabfest “And Now It’s Dead” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the death of Gawker, Kubo and the Two Strings, and pop culture vacations.


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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the rise and fall of Gawker and the hole it will leave behind in the internet after 14 years. Next up, Kubo and the Two Strings, a stop-motion animated film from Laika Studios, has wooed film critics around the world, but will it impress the Gabfesters? Last, with lake-filled dreams and teenage nostalgia trips, the critics discuss their favorite pop culture vacations, good and bad.


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Dan: Matthew Perpetua’s survey mixes of every year of the ’80s on Fluxblog

Jessica: You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott


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Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Jessica Winter is Slate’s features editor and the author of the novel Break in Case of Emergency.