Call Me by Your Name, She’s Gotta Have It, and The Polybius Conspiracy.

The Aching Beauty of Call Me by Your Name

The Aching Beauty of Call Me by Your Name

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Nov. 29 2017 11:29 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Do I Dare to Eat a Peach” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Call Me by Your Name, She’s Gotta Have It, and The Polybius Conspiracy.

Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name

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This week, the critics discuss Luca Guadagnino’s new film Call Me by Your Name, its careful handling of a teenager’s sexual awakening, and the issues about consent that critics have raised about the relationship between the two leads. Then, Slate’s Aisha Harris joins the conversation to talk about Spike Lee’s new series She’s Gotta Have It, a remake of his first feature film. How have the politics of the story changed since its original iteration, and is the main character empowered in a new way this time around? Finally, Jacob Brogan joins the gabbers to talk about the podcast The Polybius Conspiracy and the dubious ethics of making a mockumentary.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Dana: The Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Julia: The new Slate podcast Slow Burn, about what it was like to live through the Watergate scandal

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Stephen: The episode “Jews & Blues” of the series American Routes and “Elephant” by Jason Isbell

Outro: “Elephant” by Jason Isbell

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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.