Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Eighth Grade, Insatiable, and Kelly Marie Tran’s NYT op-ed.

Is Insatiable Smarter Than Its Critics Give It Credit For?

Is Insatiable Smarter Than Its Critics Give It Credit For?

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Aug. 29 2018 10:31 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Hegemonic Victimhood” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Eighth Grade, Insatiable, and Kelly Marie Tran’s New York Times op-ed.

Dallas Roberts and Debby Ryan in Insatiable (2018)
Dallas Roberts and Debby Ryan in Insatiable.

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This week, Julia, Dana, and Steve talk Eighth Grade, unpacking what sets the film’s treatment of adolescence in the Instagram era apart from other coming-of-age stories. Then, the gabbers are joined by June Thomas to take on the controversial Netflix series Insatiable. Is it more nuanced than its critics have given it credit for? Finally, the hosts discuss Kelly Marie Tran’s powerful op-ed in the New York Times—and how we should handle toxic fandoms like the one that drove her off of social media in the first place.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: Bo Burnham’s Netflix stand-up special Make Happy and the app iNaturalist

Julia: The birding app Merlin Bird ID, the hiking app AllTrails, and the Portland Bonsai Village

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Stephen: Elena Ferrante’s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

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