Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sleepwalk With Me, and public marriage proposals: the Slate Culture Gabfest weighs in.

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sleepwalk With Me, and Public Marriage Proposals

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sleepwalk With Me, and Public Marriage Proposals

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Aug. 29 2012 12:01 PM

The Culture Gabfest: There Are Some Broke Down People Out There Edition

Slate's podcast about the TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the indie comedy Sleepwalk With Me, and public marriage proposals.

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics tackle the new TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the cruelty of class schadenfreude and what happens when some reality TV stars are not agents of their own portrayal. The Culturefesters then discuss Mike Birbiglia’s autobiographical indie comedy Sleepwalk With Me, its place as a coming-of-age-as-an-artist tale, and the popularity of process stories. Finally, they discuss public marriage proposals and whether these elaborately staged rituals performed in public indicate the presence of a groomzilla. 

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:



Dana’s pick: Jessica Oreck’s Mysteries of Vernacular, a project of animated shorts, each one exploring the etymology of one letter of the alphabet.

Julia’s pick: A last chance summer read: the wildly popular bestseller Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s dark portrait of a twisted marriage.

Stephen’s pick: The 2007 Tom Junod essay, “My Father’s Fashion Tips,” an evocative portrait of the author’s relationship with his father and a strong example of “show don’t tell” nonfiction writing.

Outro: “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

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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, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.