Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Sorry to Bother You, Succession, and the summer of scammers.

What Separates Succession From Other Stories of the Super-Rich?

What Separates Succession From Other Stories of the Super-Rich?

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Aug. 8 2018 3:56 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Capitalism Is Grift” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Sorry to Bother You, Succession, and the summer of scammers.

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Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong in Succession.

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This week, Stephen, Laura, and Dana are joined by Veralyn Williams to talk Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, unpacking the film’s politics and evaluating its effectiveness as a satire. Next, the hosts discuss Succession, a new HBO show from The Thick of It’s Jesse Armstrong. How well does the series balance drama and comedy, and what sets it apart from other depictions of the rich and powerful? Finally, they take on the recent spate of stories about grifters, from Anna Delvey to Elizabeth Holmes: Does the “summer of scammers” say anything about our current moment? Why are we so fascinated by them?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: “Trump’s White House Can Be Divided Into Grifters and Grafters” by Jacob Weisberg in Slate and the video streaming service Kanopy

Laura: BrainXcape’s Prison Break escape room

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Stephen: In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes (as well as its afterword by Megan Abbott) and Tracyanne Campbell and Danny Coughlan’s album Tracyanne & Danny

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Correction, Aug. 8, 2018: This post originally contained audio for the incorrect episode of the Culture Gabfest.

Laura Bennett is Slate’s features director.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.