Born and raised in the well-mannered dairyland of Wisconsin, John moved to Brooklyn in 2003 to face his fear of large crowds and to pursue a career in music and audio engineering. After two years working a major recording studio, the now defunct Right Track Recording, John began his freelance career at WNYC. He contributed sound design to American Icons: The Great Gatsby. (He also found himself unwittingly tasked with preventing a tempestuous Courtney Love from smoking in the studio.) After a stint as the Technical Director for PRI’s Fair Game with Faith Salie, John worked with On The Media, Soundcheck, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Spinning on Air, Radio Rookies, and WNYC’s newsroom, before joining the staff of Studio 360 in 2012. John writes and performs literary folk rock as The Reverend John DeLore. He enjoys reading Dostoevsky by moonlight, and still dislikes large crowds.
McConaughey vs. McConaughey: True Detective Meets Dazed and Confused
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Call it re-invention, call it the McConaissance, or call Camilla Alvez to thank her personally. Whatever way you want to call it, the Double M is doing some fine work these days. He has a Golden Globe and a shiny new Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, and I’d be willing to wager his role as Detective Rustin Cohle in HBO’s True Detective might earn him a shot at a hat trick when the Emmys role around in August. He sure has come a long way since his role as the stoner Dave Wooderson in Dazed and Confused.
Or has he?
If you caught Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar’s speech (or his speech at the Golden Globes), it’s evident that the actor has grown up. But mixed in with all that mature, personal philosophy about God and chasing his future self are those relics of vintage McConaughey — those trusty old Woodersonisms about how we all need to “keep on livin.” I guess he keeps getting older, but those bits of stoner wisdom stay the same age.
Well, alright, alright, alright. We’ll see your Oscars speech and raise you one, Matthew. Your Rustin Cohle says “time is a flat circle,” so we put Dave Wooderson behind the wheel of his 1970 Chevy and had him pick up our favorite Nietzschean True Detective. Let’s listen to how the conversation unfolds...