This week, Dana and Stephen are once again joined by Kat Chow, author of the memoir Seeing Ghosts. The panel begins by jumping into the ring with Cassandro, the oddly conflict-adverse biopic about the lucha libre superstar and exótico gay icon, Saúl Armendáriz, who is played terrifically by Gael García Bernal in a provocative, tour-de-force performance. Then, the trio wades into comedian–and future Daily Show host hopeful–Hasan Minhaj’s thorny web of lies with Slate staff writer, Nitish Pahwa, who detailed the devastating impact of Minhaj’s many falsehoods in his essay, “ [Hasan Minhaj Meant Something to Brown Americans. Was It All an Act?] (https://slate.com/culture/2023/09/hasan-minhaj-the-new-yorker-comedian-emotional-truths-lies-patriot-act.html) ” Finally, the three react to “ [The 40 Greatest Stand-Alone TV Episodes of All Time] (https://slate.com/culture/2023/09/best-stand-alone-episodes-tv-television.html) ,” written by the Slate Staff, a massive labor of love and fun thought experiment that spans The Sopranos, Atlanta, The Larry Sanders Show, Black Mirror, and High Maintenance.
In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, the panel discusses the impact the last few years have had on their lives, inspired by Katy Schneider’s essay for The Cut, “ [The Pandemic Skip] (https://www.thecut.com/article/post-covid-pandemic-age-essay.html) .”
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Dana: Dana sent this to everyone she knows–family, friends, etc. It’s a new interview with Martin Scorsese, written by Zach Baron for GQ entitled “ [Martin Scorsese: ‘I Have To Find Out Who The Hell I Am.’] (https://www.gq.com/story/martin-scorsese-profile) ” In addition to films and moviemaking (his latest, Killers of the Flower Moon, is set to be released in October), the legendary director, now 80, also speaks candidly about life, its inevitable end, and his own mortality. It’s a dream of an interview and absolutely sublime.
Kat: Small Things Like These, a beautifully written historical fiction novel by Claire Keegan about the horrific conditions women and children endured at Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.
Stephen: “ [Quantum poetics] (https://aeon.co/essays/borges-and-heisenberg-converged-on-the-slipperiness-of-language) ,” an essay in Aeon written by William Egginton, a professor of humanities at James Hopkins University. In it, Egginton describes the ways Argentine short story author, Jorge Luis Borges, and German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg “converged on the notion that language both enables and interferes with our grasp of reality.”
Outro music: “Forbidden Love” by OTE
Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Kat Hong.
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