Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Moonlight, Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, and Soylent.

Is Soylent the End of Food as We Know It?

Is Soylent the End of Food as We Know It?

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Oct. 26 2016 12:41 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Beige Goo” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Moonlight, Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, and the Silicon Valley superfood, Soylent.


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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Moonlight, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film from writer and director Barry Jenkins. Why are audiences responding so strongly to Jenkins’ sensitive portrayal of a young black man discovering his sexuality? Next, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, but so far he has completely ignored the honor. Steve explains why he disagrees so vehemently with the Swedish Academy’s decision, and why Dylan himself hasn’t accepted the prize. Last, the hosts conduct a taste test of Soylent, Silicon Valley’s superfood. Is this “beige goo” the end of food as we know it?


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Dana: “Simple Twist of Fate“ by Bob Dylan

Julia: “Hurricane“ and “It Hurts Me Too“ by Bob Dylan


Stephen: “Up To Me“ and “Seven Curses“ by Bob Dylan

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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.