The Best Thing That I Have Read Yet on True Detective

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Writing for The Conversation, a terrific publication based in Australia, Rodney Taveira has written a wonderfully insightful article on the HBO series True Detective. The article is titled “True Detective Lassos the Yellow King in Hollywood South,” and it approaches the series in multiple, very nuanced ways.

Taveira, a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Sydney, first traces Nic Pizzolatto’s source materials to “The Repairer of Reputations” and three other stories in Robert W. Chambers’ collection The King in Yellow, published in 1895. Describing the stories in the collection as “horror stories and popular romances,” Taveira argues that despite the considerable differences in genre, style, and tone, the core motifs and themes of the stories in Chambers’ largely forgotten collection have been recycled first in some of the work of the speculative writer H. P. Lovecraft and then in Pizzolatto’s story for the HBO series…

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