Posts Tagged: True Detective

Feb 14

TRUE DETECTIVE: The Ongoing Show. Thoughts.

TRUE DETECTIVE–the outlines of the HBO show is not unfamiliar. Kinda James lee Burke stuff crossed with Silence of the Lambs, some conspiracy theory material…Cop drama stuff too. Fine acting and direction…The character of Cole is the most original part–but what’s dazzling and unusual about this thing is the writer/creator’s ability to weave bits of outre philosophy, Nietzsche (possible even Ouspensky, ie recurrence), references to classic dark fantasy (The King in Yellow), depth psychology, and sheer existential surface texture seamlessly into one story. The writer guy is terminally hip–like the show, and its music. Certainly he knows his Jim Thompson, his Richard Stark, his Dylan, his Nick Cave, probably Tim Powers and Harlan Ellison…

Nic Pizzolatto is the guy who created and writes the show. His novel GALVESTON will probably end up a movie because the guy’s so hot now. He’s been hot almost right out of the publishing box: “The first two short stories he submitted sold simultaneously to the Atlantic Monthly. His collection of short fiction Between Here and the Yellow Sea was long-listed for the 2006 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and named one of the top five fiction debuts of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine.[3]… his story “Wanted Man” is included in Best American Mystery Stories 2009. Galvestonwon the 2011 Spur Award for Best First Novel from the Western Writers of America. (Looks to be actually a modern western.)”

He seems to be mining a lot of his stuff from a variety of ores but the amalgam is dark, fascinating metal …