Dunkirk, the podcast 36 Questions, and “selling out” on the Culture Gabfest.

Is It OK for Artists to Sell Out?

Is It OK for Artists to Sell Out?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Aug. 2 2017 9:46 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Crash! I Dropped a Vase” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Dunkirk, the podcast 36 Questions, and what it means when a musician “sells out.”


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On this week’s Slate Plus, Dana, Julia, and Stephen have a spoiler-filled discussion of Dunkirk.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Dunkirk, the new film from Christopher Nolan about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War. They praise Hans Zimmer’s intense score and debate whether the film’s structure, which breaks up the action into three timelines, added anything to the experience. Then, they dive into 36 Questions, a scripted podcast about married life based on the “36 Questions That Lead to Love” made popular by the New York Times’ Modern Love column. Finally, Franz Nicolay joins the gabbers to discuss his recent piece in Slate about “selling out,” delving into the history of musicians who’ve done it, why the practice has gained such negative connotations, and if it’s really a bad thing.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Julia: The music video for “Boys” by Charli XCX


Outro: The prelude/opening ballad from Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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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.