Our editor and writers break down the week in culture
On this week’s fabulous edition of the Book and Film Globe Week in Review podcast, Neal Pollack welcomes Sharyn Vane to talk about censorship….again. Schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Texas are bringing in elected officials, and, in some cases, the police, to control what teenagers are reading. Unsurprisingly, Sharyn and Neal think this trend needs to stop.
Then Rachel Llewellyn stops by to talk about the new biopic, ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye.’ While Rachel has good things to say about Jessica Chastain’s all-out performance as Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, she says the movie both sugarcoats Tammy Faye’s opinions about the gay community while also not really delving into the Christian spirit that animated her words and actions. It’s a complex analysis by a complex writer about a complex person trapped in a simplistic film.
Samuel Porteous braves the time difference from Shanghai, China, to talk to Neal about the vast new realities of our pop culture’s obsession with multiverses. Sam goes all the way back to the comics of the 1960s, when DC Comics. first posited the existence of alternate realities, and finds the multiverse’s roots in actual science. He concludes this can all only end in a DC-Marvel battle royale.
Finally, Adam Hirschfelder has sacrificed his brain and his time to watching the Netflix show ‘Clickbait.’ It’s like an afterschool special about the dangers of the Internet, written by someone from 20 years ago. Adam couldn’t get enough of the show, naturally.
And you won’t be able to get enough of this podcast. Enjoy!