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True Detective and Male Feminism

The HBO television show True Detective has been famously (and justly) criticized for its first season’s self-infatuation with, as New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum put it, the “macho nonsense” at its heart. Nussbaum targeted both the show’s self-seriousness and its lack of interest in women’s interiority as intertwined core principles, essential to the show’s tone and purpose (and probably to its appeal). True Detective’s showrunner, Nic Pizzolatto, seems to have taken the criticism to heart. In a Hollywood Reporter profile, he confesses to having asked a female friend—Callie Khouri, the writer of Thelma and Louise—if Nussbaum’s claims had merit, and Read more