Sharp Objects Episode 5 (“Closer”): A Celebration of Silence

Welcome back to 25YL’s analysis of Sharp Objects. "Ripe" left us on a cliffhanger, with Camille frenziedly racing after her younger sister, Amma. Camille feared she might be next in line to be murdered by the local serial killer after having had a vision of her toothless corpse in the creepy hunting shed. "Closer" begins with the …

The Awakening of a Mystery: True Detective, Revisited (Part 3)

The Awakening of a Mystery Part 3: Dreams, Symbols, and Soul Retrieval “Wherever the mythological mood prevails, tragedy is impossible. A quality rather of dream prevails. True being, meanwhile, is not in the shapes but in the dreamer.”  (Campbell, 1949/2008, p. 231). Louisiana is Dreaming Louisiana is the mythological matrix of True Detective. People have inhabited her land …

Sharp Objects Episode 3 – “Fix”: Ghosts, Alliances, Pigs & More

Welcome back to 25YL's weekly coverage and analysis of HBO's limited series, Sharp Objects. While I have not been the writer to cover the first two episodes for the site, I'm really excited to be pitching in here for this episode as well as future ones. In full disclosure, I've never read the book and have …

The Awakening of a Mystery: True Detective, Revisited (Part 2)

The Awakening of a Mystery Part 2: The Psychopathology of True Detective The etymology of the word psychopathology is quite illuminating: Psyche, meaning mind or soul; Pathos, meaning suffer or grief; Logos, meaning discourse, word, or logic. Rather than imagining "psychopathology" as a dry, clinical term, we can define it as the speech of the …