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Reality Itself Is Malevolent in Thomas Ligotti's Work

Ligotti's stories seem almost violently unpalatable. They afford neither easy resolutions nor the seemingly ambiguous but ultimately fulfilling pleasures of so many mystery stories.

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True Detective: Episode 4 - "Down Will Come"

Director Jeremy Podeswa and writer Nic Pizzolatto expand and extend a pervasive movie trope, but still leave their main characters and the viewers bewildered, befuddled, and anticipating the next installment.

Television

'True Detective': Maybe Tomorrow

True Detective, Season 2, Episode 3: Where does the kitsch end and the surreal begin?

Television

Buttoned-up 'Detective' Now at Work

No other art form, with the possible exception of professional sports, is as critically deconstructed on a daily basis as television.

Mary McNamara
Television

HBO Teases the Second Season of 'True Detective'

HBO's got big shoes to fill following the successful first season of True Detective. Based on its first teaser, the show continues to have promise.

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Contemplations on the Nature of Truth: True Crime, 'True Detective', and 'Serial' Obsessions

True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder.

Television

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.

Television

'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.

Derek Lazarski
Television

'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.

Television

'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.

Xander Bennett
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