I, Tonya, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and “Cat Person.”

Are We Ready for a Tonya Harding Redemption Story?

Are We Ready for a Tonya Harding Redemption Story?

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Dec. 13 2017 12:11 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Frantic Rabbity Burst” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on I, Tonya, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and “Cat Person.”

Margot Robbie stars in I, Tonya
Margot Robbie stars in I, Tonya.

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This week, the critics discuss the new movie I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as figure skater Tonya Harding. The critics have plenty of praise for the film’s performances, but what do they think of how it treats the infamous 1994 Nancy Kerrigan incident? Then, Willa Paskin joins the conversation to discuss the new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, about a woman who pursues stand-up comedy after her husband leaves her. Finally, the gabbers chat about the New Yorker short story “Cat Person,” and why it recently went viral.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Dana: Bunheads

Julia: Younger


Outro: Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers

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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.