Twin Peaks, The Bachelorette, and “My Family’s Slave” by Alex Tizon in the Atlantic.

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May 24 2017 10:49 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Twin Peaks, The Bachelorette, and Alex Tizon’s essay “My Family’s Slave” in the Atlantic.

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This week on Slate Plus, Laura, Aisha, and Forrest spoil the new season of Twin Peaks.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the return of Twin Peaks and wonder whether the reboot series can live up to the original’s legacy in a new era of television. Next, they talk about the new season of The Bachelorette, the first season ever to feature a black lead, Rachel Lindsay. Does highlighting Lindsay’s race put too much responsibility on her shoulders alone? Finally, the gabbers get into Alex Tizon’s essay for the Atlantic, “My Family’s Slave,” about his experiences being raised by a woman enslaved by his parents. They wrestle with the complicated piece and examine how Tizon’s exploration of his relationship to “Lola” felt at times lurid and exploitative.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Laura: Master of None Season 2, Episode 4: “First Date”

Aisha: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3, Episode 2: “Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades!”

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Forrest: “You Were Cool” by the Mountain Goats

Outro: “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls

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