What is True Detective really about? Was Stonehenge originally built as a musical instrument? What does springtime on Mars look like? What if light were a drug? Here are some answers is this week's landscapes reads!
Louisiana's "Sacrificial Landscape" in True Detective
This isn't your typical True Detective theory. Alexis Madrigal's environmental reading of HBO's hit show casts the idea of Louisiana as a "sacrificial landscape." The ghostly refineries that appear so often are a reminder that Louisiana's coast has been violated for the sake of New York and Los Angeles and Iowa City. If you, too, thought the Yellow King was disappointing, then take a minute to think about what True Detective has to say about the natural world. [The Atlantic]
Our Addiction to Light
Never in history has mankind had so much access to light. "We treat light like a drug whose price is spiraling toward zero," writes Dirk Hanson, arguing that our addiction to light as major consequences—from environmental damage to disrupted circadian rhythms. [Nautilus]
Stonehenge As a Giant Musical Instrument
Why were such massive stones carried so far to create Stonehenge? Could the answer be rock music? Researchers recently got to test this theory, striking the stones with small hammers and, to their surprise, found that the stones did indeed produce distinctive sounds. [Gizmodo]