Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, and caricature artists.

Mother! Is a Mess of Biblical Proportions

Mother! Is a Mess of Biblical Proportions

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Sept. 27 2017 10:40 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Allegory!” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Mother!, Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, and the art of drawing caricatures.


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Julia is out this week, so Dana and Stephen are joined by a rotating cast. First, Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton stops by to discuss Mother!, the new film from Darren Aronofsky, covering the various critical reactions to the film and debating whether the film uses allegory as a tool or a bludgeon. Next, Slate television critic Willa Paskin comes on to talk about the new documentary series The Vietnam War from Ken Burns. Finally, the gabbers welcome Culture Gabfest producer Benjamin Frisch on to discuss his latest piece in Slate about working as a caricature artist in an amusement park.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Benjamin: The album Untrue by Burial, and the Bushwig festival


Stephen: The Quiet American by Graham Greene, and the music of Jen Cloher

Outro: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher

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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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