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UofA alum's "True Detective" premieres on HBO

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True Detective made its first HBO run Sunday. If a slow talking, partly drugged out academic Matthew McConaughey is for you, then this is your show. If a slow talking, dimwitted Woody Harrelson is for you, then True Detective may be for you.

Strange things happen in this Southern place where Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart work. A dead body with a head of thorns and nests appears about seven minutes in. The moment is terribly True Blood like and consequently captures an otherwise sleepy audience's attention.

Nic Pizzolatto created, wrote and is True Detective's executive producer. His work has many of the elements HBO likes: white folks in the deep South who are the absolute opposite of what film and television has purported mainstream America to be-- and that is white, smart, beautiful and wealthy.

Not sure if I'll tune into True Detective again or record it on the DVR. If I can get through the first episode without falling asleep again, I may.

But honestly, I prefer Matthew McConaughey in Lincoln Lawyer type roles, a little more loose and a a lot less saturnine.

Aside from that, Arkansas should be celebrating "True Detective" simply because the work is created by one of University of Arkansas' grad students. A number of academics in Arkansas attended UAF's MFA in Creative Writing program. Pizzolatto is surely a coveted alum.

For aspiring writers of screenplays, dramas, stage plays, books, etc. Try the writing program at Fayetteville. It's a competitive program, but writing, being creative and getting real work done doesn't happen without a good challenge and even better guidance.

Finishing up with your English degree this year? It' a good time to apply for an MFA in University of Arkansas' creative writing program.

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