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On Storytelling Asses Disdained

I love True Detective, as anyone who reads my FB posts knows. My only critique - and it is a big one -- is the overly testosteronal nature of the writing. Matthew McConoughey's performance and the smartness of the plot generally offset that. Emily Nussbaum, however, makes a strong case that the lack of an exploration of the interiority of the women characters is too big an issue to overlook.

It is a show about a man who kills women pursued by two male detectives against a very dark landscape. None of the women characters on the show -- with the remarkable exception, particularly this week, of Detective Hart's wife -- are anything more than ancillary narrative asides, nubile bodies to fuck, to kill or to "defend their honor." I love this show, it is a pleasure to watch, dark and smart, but perhaps, ultimately, profoundly limited. Whenever I get the urge -- and it happens often, boosted by any examination of the strength of McConoughey's performance -- to name it the best TV show of 2014 thus far, I am deeply struck with the astonishing lack of exploration of the inner lives of the women characters, especially in contrast to the breathtaking richness of the Rust character played by McConoughey, and that, for me, is a pretty major deal breaker. Perhaps I'm overthinking this -- making a very good TV drama into the second coming of I, Claudius. True Detective is way more than just a great drama, but far less, I think, than one of the greatest TV shows of the decade. Maybe I should just luxuriate in the pleasure of the show in-the-now? But it is hard.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm 0

On Here Is The Only Thing You Need To Know About How The Internet Works Now

Right. In the end don't we all just want to be swept off our feet and ushered 'tween the sheets into a pundit's boudoir of strong opinion?

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 10:45 am 2

On Who Will Tell The Children What Literacy Was?

“This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends …not with a bang but a lolcat"

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm 1

On Nigerian Scammers Platform-Agnostic

I go chop your dollar

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm 0

On Henry Blodget Has A Body Count

He was worried that they would see him excreting liquid nitrogen #coldblooded

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm 1

On Brooklyn Smug Reaches New Hideous Heights

Brooklyn makes, the world takes

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 9:41 am 0

On Six Lesser-Known "Golden Ages" of Media, 1991 - 2005

@brent_cox Christopher Caldwell, Daniel Radosh, William Monahan, Sam Sifton ...

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm 1

On Ask Polly: I'm Almost 30 And I'm Terrified Of Losing My Looks

@Gef the Talking Mongoose you are creeping me the fuck out

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I'm Almost 30 And I'm Terrified Of Losing My Looks

@Niko Bellic I'd rather be defenestrated than be caught in a club at my age.

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I'm Almost 30 And I'm Terrified Of Losing My Looks

I invested it all in my smarts. I thought that was a wise choice, that the people who let it all rise on beauty were playing a materialist, suckers game. BUT WHAT ABOUT ALZHEIMERS?!

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm 2