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Features

Monday, January 5 2015

The Best Television of 2014

In 2014, we let Russian spies, biker gangs, Silicon Valley techies, and existentially frustrated detectives into our living rooms. As these 25 picks reveal, we had good reasons for doing so.


Tuesday, September 9 2014

'True Detective' and the Conventions of Morality

In the realm of moral ambiguity they occupy, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart become a microcosm of Lawrence Kohlberg's three stages of moral development.


Sunday, March 30 2014

'True Detective' and the Primal Urge to Tell Stories by Starlight

The True Detectives are driven by the desire to create form from void, to seek meaning where none exists. They share the primal urge to daub on cave walls and tell stories about the shapes we see in the stars.


Reviews

Sunday, January 12 2014

HBO's 'True Detective' and the Gentle Apocalypse of the Louisiana Landscape

Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) encounter a rogues' gallery of supporting characters, including the bad men we need to keep other bad men from the door.


Blogs

Wednesday, February 25 2015

Anthologies, 'American Horror Story', and the Disposability of Pulp Storytelling

This show embraced its reputation for the weird and the strange, but it's storytelling methods are among the messiest in television.


Monday, June 23 2014

'True Detective' and the Death of Television Criticism

Something has gone wrong if critics consider True Detective the best that contemporary television has to offer.


News

Monday, January 13 2014

Nic Pizzolatto, the Brooding Poet Behind 'True Detective'

When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn’t the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It


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