Something happened last week in the True Detective response ether: up to this point, online discussion had mostly rotated around the McConnaissance, the aesthetics, or the thickening mythology. But we woke up last Monday to a slew of pieces on the treatment of women on the show—see Slate’s Willa Paskin, and
(Which, I mean, could actually happen.)
The Hairpin Raves About Aaron Sorkin's Hit Drama, Week After Week!
"Sorkin is the human personification [of the New York Times Notable Books list]. Jeff Daniels [is]…deeply kind. The woman…a competent journalist…all her problems…solved. The Newsroom is still better than Carl Hiaasen and fifty percent of the other shows referenced in this post, so I guess we'll keep watching it." – 7/2/12
"…[A] mission to civilize…a learned man…a gritty war correspondent and polymath…right in the morning…[we're] turned on right now." – 7/16/12
"Responsible…[they] understand economics…really get Rudy…Sorkin…actually understand…financial regulation." – 7/23/12
Some people are mad at you because you're not really a comedic actress or something, and okay. But on to the real issue: YOU ARE THE BEST ON ENLIGHTENED and now it is official and not just a rule in my house. Amy, the character you play, is a living nightmare. I said it! Like, you really just want to duct tape her all up. Don't you leave that chair, Amy. And shut up! Don't say what you are about to… I KICK AT MY TELEVISION AND LOOSE A SQUEAL OF RAGE. For a mundane but infuriating example: don't tell your mom all about how you went over [...]
So let's say your obsession with True Detective almost frightens you. That it feels like you'd do anything for this show, that the show controls you. That given the opportunity you'd forsake your own body to be a pair of eyeballs watching True Detective on repeat until the end of time (which is flat). Anyway, so let's say you like True Detective, and when there are no more True Detective episodes to watch (before rewatching the True Detective episodes you've watched already), you scratch at the internet for something, anything, to feed your True Detective hunger.
If that is the case, here are some links and videos to add to your collection.
Writer, creator, [...]
Life is boys and then you die. 'Girls' returns to HBO on January 13, 2013.
"If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls." —Three French hens, two turtledoves, and Lena Dunham on 'Girls.'
Television critic Emily Nussbaum has an outstanding piece on Sex and the City—and how it lost its "good name"—in this week’s New Yorker. When people tell the story of quality television, Nussbaum argues, they talk about The Sopranos and the raft of other HBO shows that followed. They might acknowledge Sex and the City, but their scorn is palpable: “It might as well have been a tourism campaign for a post-Rudolph Giuliani, de-ethnicized Gotham awash in money,” writes Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’
But Sex and the City [...]
In appreciation, there will be no angry post about The Newsroom today. See, HBO, how we can help each other out? One shirtless pic of John Gallagher, Jr. with "Hey, Ladies of the Hairpin" in lipstick on his chest, and the posts could stop for good.
Instead, you may use this comment thread to discuss The Todd Akin Situation, which would be a great name for a queer punk band. See also: "That Whole Thing."
Here is what we know about the girls on Girls (the first episode of which is now on YouTube). They are lean and they are leggy, they have fat thighs and they have smart mouths, they call each other at work to discuss the details of their STDs, they get into tipsy arguments with their exes, they post up in bars to avoid unpleasant truths, they make out with strange boys in stairwells, they hate their boyfriends' best friends and they flirt with mysterious men on the street.
Are these Girls like the girls we know? Some girls who watched Girls last night thought so, although others did not, [...]