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I Have to Geek Out About Twin Peaks For a Minute

August 07, 2014 | Mollie Hawkins | 1 Comment

It’s no secret. If you’ve ever met me, I’ve probably annoyed you at some point or another with a random fact about Twin Peaks. I’m what you might consider “problematically obsessed.” I have a TP tattoo. It’s nice. I went to a Twin Peaks prom a couple of years ago. It was nice, too. I’ve been to North Bend (the real Twin Peaks). I ate pie and drank coffee at the Double R. You might find my obsession charming for about two minutes, and then I might launch into an epic verbal spew about the complexities of the Black Lodge, or the fact that Windom Earle’s real-life son is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Majical Cloudz, (and I didn’t even know that until after I saw them live! What!), or the fact that Bob was an accidental character … or the fact that …
 
See what I mean?
 
No one needs to know that much about Twin Peaks.

 

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When I read that a new book about Twin Peaks was being released, naturally I flipped my proverbial shit. The cover art alone! Oh my. It’s so pretty. It’s the exact picture I took earlier this year but have posted on exactly zero social media, because there was a big ugly SUV parked smack-dab where the Twin Peaks “sign” lived within the show. And I do judge books by the cover. Sue me.

 

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I’m going to tell you that this book (by Brad Dukes) took over my life. It’s told as an “oral history” of the filming of the show, and the author interviewed nearly the entire cast and crew. Impressive, right? I read it in a couple of days, which is unusual for me (I’m the person that destroys their books/laboriously writes in them/takes furious notes). It was SO GOOD you guys. I think I pissed off a couple of people because I chose to read this book instead of … doing anything else.

 

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So while I try to rekindle all the relationships I’ve slighted due to my Twin Peaks obsession, here’s some really cool stuff I learned from Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks.

 

  1. The Log Lady still owns the log. She cherishes it, actually. How adorable is that?
  2. When the show was current, the Queen of England actually blew off Paul McCartney right before he was to serenade her for her own birthday party, because she had to go watch the new episode of Twin Peaks. Seriously. The Queen blew off a Beatle for Twin Peaks! You go, girl.
  3. David Lynch and Mark Frost wrote multiple different scripts and gave them to the actors to truly keep Laura Palmer’s killer a secret. They even filmed a murder scene with three different killers.
  4. A lot of the cast was accidental. Bob was a set designer, Harry was a driver, Leo Johnson was the casting director’s son, Dr. Hayward was Mark Frost’s dad.
  5. The characters in Twin Peaks are all basically playing themselves. Lynch casted personalities and let the actors have (nearly) total freedom. Dr. Jacobi’s red and blue glasses were his real ones.
  6. Apparently I cry easily when people talk fondly of Jack Nance. For real. Something about Jack Nance, y’all. What a sweetheart. This stupid book make me cry for Pete.
  7. The true inspiration behind the fish in the percolator scene: I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s funny.

 

There’re so many facts and interesting things in this book. All I can say about the guy that wrote it, besides the fact that he’s a babe from Nashville (whatever, shut up), is that he’s put together this amazing thing that I wasn’t expecting. He found a way to make a book of interviews interesting, if not riveting. I usually hate that kind of shit, even if it’s about something I love.
 
And oh, do I love Twin Peaks.

 

That reminds me, did you know …

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