Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Macbeth, A Very Murray Christmas, and the false narratives of anorexia.

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Dec. 9 2015 9:23 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Macbeth, A Very Murray Christmas, and the false narratives of anorexia.

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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?

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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

Outro: Bill Murray and Chris Rock singing “Do You Hear What I Hear?” from A Very Murray Christmas

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