Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Crazy Rich Asians, Younger, and Elon Musk.

Younger Is So Much More Than a Guilty Pleasure

Younger Is So Much More Than a Guilty Pleasure

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Aug. 22 2018 2:10 PM

The Culture Gabfest “You Will Never Be Enough” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Crazy Rich Asians, Younger, and Elon Musk.

Liza (Sutton Foster) looks at her phone in a scene from Younger.
Sutton Foster in Younger.

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This week, Julia, Isaac, and Inkoo discuss Crazy Rich Asians, unpacking why it matters that the first major studio movie in decades to feature an all-Asian cast is a romantic comedy—and the burden of expectations around such a milestone for representation. Next, the critics talk Younger, a satire of the publishing industry from the creator of Sex and the City. How does a show with such a wacky premise handle serious topics like ageism and #MeToo? Finally, the gabbers examine our collective fascination with Elon Musk as a cultural figure.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Isaac: Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye


Julia: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Outro: “Something Blue” by Peter Sandberg

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Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, most recently of Real Enemies, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, with Dan Kois.

Inkoo Kang writes about technology and culture for Slate.

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