“Everybody wears their hunger and their haunt”

19 February 2014
5:49 PM
Manila

M.–

I am very taken with this new show I’m watching: True Detective. It’s reaching me and resonating in a lot of ways–very similar to how a book touches me when I read. Have you ever felt that? Watching it feels like reading.

There is a mystery that is unfolding, as the story goes deeper into the mythology of the crime. But the unpacking also happens with the main characters–I get to explore their psyche as well, and perhaps how I respond to the dialogue also gives me an understanding of how I see life, and myself, these days.

In a way that the latest series of Sherlock (which I found superb; I’m drowning in adjectives, I’m sorry) delves into how Holmes explores his humanity–because he’s already got his being detective quite figured out–this show, meanwhile, explores the psychology of what makes a detective: How an investigation proceeds, and how personal conflicts (as well as histories, biases, and beliefs) influence the way one interprets at a crime. How one approaches a crime: what questions they ask (and the mentality that goes behind asking those kinds of questions), the tangents that come with trying to separate the dirt and grit of crime versus the idylls of home (and which is more preferable), what makes and unmakes a man.

The pacing also gets me–it almost feels like a slow burn, you know?

Watching this has also been an interesting juxtaposition as I go through more of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poems with the KWH book group. I think it was last week, when we were discussing this particular line:

To say yes is to die
A lot or a little.

– Gwendolyn Brooks, from “do not be afraid of no”, as part of Annie Allen

I found myself saying this to the group:

11 February 2014

I like that insight–that saying yes means living, and dying, too. To die a lot, or a little–I suppose there’s no other way to go around it: you have to say yes if you want to live, but to live means to also accept that one day you will die.

The two detectives in the show, Rust and Cohle, each have their own perspectives on what a single life means, and what it means to have a life. How honest they are or how they lie to themselves makes for a very riveting hour.

Good evening,
T.

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