Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations, The Metamorphosis, Written by Franz Kafka (1915)

This article concludes my Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations series. This time I’m going to change the medium, shifting from films that are significant to characters or creators to the print literature work that David Lynch has named as a favorite from Eraserhead-days interviews to the present. And no one could forget the presence of Kafka’s …

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations: Mon Oncle (My Uncle), Directed by Jacques Tati, 1958

One of David Lynch’s most widely quoted remarks is “I want a dream when I go to a film.” He’s offered a list of films that deliver a dream so well he’d watch them “every other day if [he] had the time.” The list is very short and very consistent. This week’s Backstory Investigation explores …

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations: Rear Window, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, (1954)

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations looks at the film and television that influenced David Lynch & Mark Frost when they created their wonderful and strange TV Show. For the third in the series, Andy Hageman takes a look at Alfred Hitchcocks, Rear Window. In the “Heroes of Film” chapter of his 2007 book, Catching the Big …

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations: Body Heat, Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, (1981)

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations looks at the film and television that influenced David Lynch & Mark Frost when they created their wonderful and strange TV Show. For the second in the series, we take a look at: Body Heat. When Agent Tamara Preston is working her way through a file found in the Bookhouse entitled …

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations: The FBI Story, Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, (1959)

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations looks at the film and television that influenced David Lynch & Mark Frost when they created their wonderful and strange TV Show. Starting the series off is: The FBI Story The very first autobiographical entry that thirteen year old Dale Cooper made on an audiotape, recorded December 25th 1967, featured the …

Aging, Reflection & Mortality in The Straight Story & Lucky

The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

One of the many life lessons I’ve adopted from Twin Peaks is FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s advice, “When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention.” Well, the two separate events that I’m colliding here to share are very recent screenings of David Lynch’s …

Coffee and Pie with Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers

  What do Margaret Lanterman (the Log Lady) and Buckaroo Banzai have in common? Those big red glasses, an infrastructure of vision. A pair of glasses is both an object and a mediating relationship between other objects--the viewer and the viewed, or, the focalizer and the focalized, to put it in visual narrative terminology. Those …

“It’s Part of the Unknown”: An Interview with Lissie

  On a late-August afternoon Lissie was kind enough to take time for coffee with me out on the porch of her northeast Iowa homestead. About Twin Peaks and creativity, perhaps what David Lynch calls the Art Life, she was enthusiastic, warm, amiable, and reflective. Our conversation found its own meandering flow, even pausing at …