If Quotes from True Detective Were Motivational Posters

rust cohle cigarette

Rust Cohle, the dyspeptic protagonist of HBO’s True Detective, made both nihilism and logorrhea cool again in 2014, as a great episode of Radiolab recently made clear.  If you need a little splash of pessimism to get through your morning coffee, these motivational posters might just be your cup of tea.  Is that a mixed metaphor?  It’s all one ghetto, man.

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Author: Alex Sayf Cummings

Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, whose work deals with technology, law, public policy, and the political culture of the modern United States. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Al Jazeera, and Southern Cultures, among other publications, and the book Democracy of Sound was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017). Alex can be followed on Twitter at @akbarjenkins.

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