Baby Driver, Jay Z’s 4:44, and David Brooks’ sandwich op-ed.

Searching for the Humanity in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver

Searching for the Humanity in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver

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July 19 2017 10:05 AM

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new film Baby Driver from director Edgar Wright, about a young man named Baby who works as a getaway driver. How does it fit into Wright’s oeuvre, and is there anything more below the very stylish surface? Next, they’re joined by Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton to pour over Jay Z’s new album 4:44 and consider what it adds to the narrative about Beyoncé and Jay Z. Finally, the gabbers dig into David Brooks’ latest op-ed about sandwiches and the American dream.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Dana: The films of Martin Landau, including Ed Wood and Crimes and Misdemeanors

Julia: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


Outro: “Prologue” from the original Broadway cast recording of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.