Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 45 Years, London Spy, and the ethics of ethnography.

London Spy Is a Gay Show With a Spy Twist, Not a Spy Show With a Gay Twist

London Spy Is a Gay Show With a Spy Twist, Not a Spy Show With a Gay Twist

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Jan. 20 2016 9:24 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 45 Years, London Spy, and the ethics of ethnography.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss 45 Years: Andrew Haigh’s film about a married couple who receive shocking news while planning their 45th wedding anniversary. How well does it capture the complexities of long-term relationships? Next up, London Spy is a new BBC thriller about a man whose romance accidentally involves him with the British intelligence service. In a TV landscape oversaturated with spy shows, does this one stand out? Finally, Leon Neyfakh joins the gabbers to discuss a recent article in the New York Times Magazine about the controversial work of sociologist Alice Goffman. Where is the line between ethnography and journalism?   

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