Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Botched, and the dating app Tinder.

The Culture Gabfest Tries Tinder

The Culture Gabfest Tries Tinder

Slate's weekly roundtable.
July 16 2014 10:48 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Migrating Buns” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Boyhood, Botched, and the dating app Tinder.

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s film about the development of a young boy, which was shot over a 12-year period in Texas. Has the film’s groundbreaking technique made it impervious to criticism—or is it really Linklater’s masterpiece? Next, the gabbers turn to Botched, a reality show on E!, starring plastic surgeons who specialize in correcting failed cosmetic procedures. It panders to our worst rubbernecking impulses, but it may also perform a public service. And finally, the critics welcome Anna Shechtman, outgoing Culture Gabfest intern, to discuss the dating app Tinder: Despite its shallow “Hot or Not” format and its founders’ purported misogyny, is the app “good for women”?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:



Dana: You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth’s history podcast about Hollywood’s first century.

Julia: HBO’s Veep, which has greatly matured since its first season.

Anna: Michael Reid Roberts’ language column “Life Sentences” on the American Reader’s blog.

Steve: Getting couples massages at Bodhi Holistic Spa in Hudson, New York.

Outro: “Anna (Go to Him)” by the Beatles

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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.