So Long, Farewell: Notes from the Bookhouse

It is nearly the end of the Year of Our Special Agent Two Thousand Seventeen, otherwise known as The Year of Peaks. From the very start of January, with the TCA Winter Press Tour and the first salient details about the show from the mouths of those involved with the show itself, we knew we would be in for something amazing. This sense of anticipation carried us through to the announcement of the premiere date, and with the run-up marathons on Showtime as May 21 approached, spring zoomed by until it was the night of the premiere. In the midst of all that, we had the launch of this site and the rollercoaster ride that we’ve been on here with you all watching the series and spending our Mondays (and Tuesdays…and Wednesdays…and Thursdays, Fridays, and our weekends, let’s be honest!) theorizing about what we saw…it’s been all so breathtakingly wonderful. I will never forget how we all came together at the end of the first night to begin that process of unpacking it all, or how it felt to watch Part 8, or the incredible sense of community that the finale brought out, as we all clamoured for answers and commiserated the end of Twin Peaks: The Return together in September.

Between writing for the site, whether it was the weekly Black Lodge/White Lodge debates or the odd theory pieces here and there or this column, and my work with Aidan on the Bickering Peaks podcast, it’s been such a busy year. We’ve grown and laughed and cried with so many of you. What a good year it’s been!

But all good things must come to an end. That’s why I’m here to announce that this is my last column article under the Notes from the Bookhouse banner. In my new capacity as Executive Editor, I’ll be handling much more of the behind-the-scenes goings-on, and will be leaving the writing and theorizing largely in the capable hands of our amazing stable of authors and theorists whom we have working hard each and every week here on the site.

It’s been an absolute privilege to invite you to the Bookhouse every week. We had a lot of fun here. Our early roundtables were wonderful conversations with the brilliant people behind the scenes here at 25YL, and we hope that those helped some of you work through the issues you were having with the finale. I especially loved the roundtable we did with our superfan panel — that was an amazing way to spend an afternoon, and one of the best conversations I’ve had about Twin Peaks in a very long time.

These last columns were very special to me, as well. Getting to co-write alongside Eileen about quantum physics, and with Aaron about Diane, and to dive into the craters left by The Final Dossier made the run-up to the end of the year just so much fun.

The goal for Notes from the Bookhouse was always to invite people in and get conversations started. Whether it was by co-writing an article or hosting a roundtable, I feel that this is where Saturday nights here truly shone. And that’s what makes the Twin Peaks community such a fantastic one. Everyone is so willing to engage and converse, to share ideas and banter when we disagree. J.C. Hotchkiss and Amanda will be continuing that when they take over this slot and my column beginning with their first outing next weekend! It’s only too fitting in my mind; they are the founders of the Bookhouse Babes, after all, and it’s their clubhouse! I hope you’ll welcome them and show them the same love that you showed me!

I’ll still be here with the odd theory article or review, and there’s much much more coming down the pike that Andrew and I are planning for. You can also find me on Twitter (@linzstam / @bickeringpeaks) where I can guarantee these conversations will be continuing! In the meantime, I’ll sign off here with a so long, farewell, a thank you for making this column such an important part of my post-Peaks process, and a wish that you all have a wonderful New Year!

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Lindsay Stamhuis

Written by Lindsay Stamhuis

Lindsay Stamhuis is a writer and English teacher who also moonlights as 25YL Site's Executive Editor and Style Manager. In addition to editing and writing about TV and Film, she is the co-host of The Bicks Pod, a podcast currently deep-diving into the collected works of William Shakespeare. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her partner Aidan, their three cats, and a potted pothos that refuses to grow more than one vine.

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