[Daily article] January 12: True Detective (season 1)

The first season of True Detective, an American anthology crime drama
television series created by Nic Pizzolatto, premiered on HBO on January
12, 2014, starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle
Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The nonlinear narrative in
eight episodes focuses on Louisiana State Police homicide detectives
Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Harrelson) as they investigate
the murder of prostitute Dora Lange in 1995. Seventeen years later, they
must revisit the investigation, along with several other unsolved
crimes. The first season explores themes of philosophical pessimism,
masculinity, and Christianity; critics have analyzed the show’s
portrayal of women, its auteurist sensibility, and the influence of
comics, weird fiction and horror fiction on its narrative. The episodes,
directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, were filmed in Louisiana. The series
received positive reviews and garnered a Primetime Emmy Award nomination
for Outstanding Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best
Miniseries or Television Film, along with other honors for writing,
cinematography, direction, and acting.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Bayinnaung, who later assembled the largest empire in the
history of Southeast Asia, was crowned king of the Burmese Toungoo


The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural
Beauty, a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern
Ireland, was founded.


Seeking to restore confidence after the Black Sox Scandal,
owners of Major League Baseball teams elected former United States
district court judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the league’s first


Seventy-three-year-old psychology professor James Bedford
became the first person to be cryonically frozen with intent of future


A 7.0 Mw earthquake struck Haiti, affecting an estimated three
million people.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (transitive) To convert (waste materials, etc.) into new materials or
products of higher quality and greater functionality.
2. (transitive) To promote into a more productive or useful role.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no
individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all
–Swami Vivekananda

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