Wonder Woman, Courtney Barnett, and Australian culture with the Wheeler Centre’s Michael Williams.

The Culture Gabfest, Live From Melbourne

The Culture Gabfest, Live From Melbourne

Slate's weekly roundtable.
June 7 2017 11:19 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Live From Melbourne” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Wonder Woman, the songwriting process of Courtney Barnett, and cultural perceptions about Australia.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Patty Jenkins’ new movie Wonder Woman, its importance as a female-driven film, and how it reinvigorates the superhero movie genre. Next, they’re joined by Melbourne’s own Courtney Barnett, who discusses her music and songwriting process, even performing a few of her songs for the gabbers. Finally, Michael Williams, the director of the Wheeler Centre, joins the conversation to talk about travel and Americans’ cultural perceptions of Australia.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Dana: Injury Time by Clive James

Julia: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino


Michael: The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower, Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook, and The Spare Room by Helen Garner

Outro: “Sunlight in a Jar” by the Lucksmiths

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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.