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This week on Slate Plus, J. Bryan Lowder joins Dana, Steve, and Julia to discuss the Washington Post’s adoption of the singular form of they and the New York Times’ use of the gender-neutral honorific, Mx.
On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Justin Kurzel’s remake of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. How does the work of Shakespeare translate to the medium of film? Next up, Sofia Coppola’s gloomy Christmas special starring her muse, Bill Murray, just dropped on Netflix. It’s charmingly melancholic, but is it worth watching? Finally, Katy Waldman joins to discuss her new piece in Slate about anorexia. How do the disorder’s false narratives develop and spread?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- “Fatal Visions,” Dana’s Slate piece on 110 years of Macbeth on film
- Manohla Dargis’ review of Macbeth in the New York Times
- King Lear
- A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix
- “There Once Was a Girl” on Slate by Katy Waldman
- The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block
- How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia by Kelsey Osgood
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Dana: Macbeth starring Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench and Ian McKellen’s master class on a famous Macbeth speech
Julia: The film 45 Years
Steve: Bill Murray as Nick Winters singing the Star Wars theme on SNL, and the film Mad Dog and Glory
Outro: Bill Murray and Chris Rock singing “Do You Hear What I Hear?” from A Very Murray Christmas
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