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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Slate contributor Isaac Butler to discuss Hamlet at the Public Theater, starring Oscar Isaac and Keegan-Michael Key. Then, the gabbers break down the new Netflix series Friends From College, also starring Key, to wonder how a show with such a stellar cast can fail so easily. Finally, David Weigel joins the gabbers to discuss his new book about prog rock and help them understand the phenomenon.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Hamlet at the Public Theater
- “Is Hamlet Fat?” by Isaac Butler in Slate
- Our discussion of Butler’s piece in 2015
- Friends From College
- “You Won’t Want to Hang With Netflix’s Friends From College” by Alan Sepinwall in Uproxx
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock by David Weigel
- David Weigel’s series on prog rock in Slate
- “Roundabout” by Yes
- Mark Prindle’s record reviews
- In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson
- “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson
- “Discipline” by King Crimson
- David Weigel’s prog rock playlist:
Stephen: The piano-playing of McCoy Tyner, particularly the song “When Sunny Gets Blue”
Outro: “When Sunny Gets Blue” by McCoy Tyner
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