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The Beard, The Shield, and The Mask: The use of Ritual on True Detective

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Every known society has left evidence of their rituals. There is something innately human in performing activities involving particular words, sequences of actions and objects at deliberate times and… Continue reading

Conway Twitty, Blue Diamonds, and Gold Teeth: True Detective’s “Maybe Tomorrow”

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) “Maybe Tomorrow” begins with a vision in Ray Velcoro’s head. It would be easy to mistake the performer in the opening sequence as a bad Elvis impersonator. It’s actually… Continue reading

THE HIDDEN EYES IN TRUE DETECTIVE

In Season One of True Detective, a character named Dewall says to Rust Cohle “I can see your soul at the edges of your eyes. It’s corrosive, like acid. You got a demon,… Continue reading

THE TRUTH INSIDE DEAD BOOKS: Looking at TRUE DETECTIVE

“Behold what was once a man,” Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) utters in the second season premiere of HBO’s True Detective. The quote is taken from Rev. Walter Mitchell’s obscure 1868 work titled Bryan… Continue reading

STORYMEN PODCAST ON BETTER CALL SAUL WITH JOHN BUCHER

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9 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT THE LEFTOVERS – SEASON 2

Thanks to sources such as Deadline, TV Line, Amy Brenneman, and Damon Lindelof himself, we are beginning to piece together the world we will see in the second season of The Leftovers. Here’s what we know… Continue reading

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN: The Gospel According to Metalhead

Few people make it to the end of their life without being wounded. For most, the wounds are not fatal. Becoming skilled at hiding our wounds is a badge of honor in American… Continue reading

BETTER TALK SAUL podcast – GUEST: JOHN BUCHER of Welcome to the Sideshow

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ROBBING PETER TO PAY SAUL

“It could be argued that all of life is one great coincidence,” Jimmy McGill theorizes in Hero, the fourth installment of AMC’s new hit, Better Call Saul. What doesn’t seem to be a… Continue reading

BETTER CALL SAUL: Broken Legs, Hammurabi’s Code, & the Ancient Art of Law

The idea of law is complex. At various times in the history of the human social structure, who decided what was acceptable and just how that was to be defined changed radically. Usually… Continue reading