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

The very first autobiographical entry that thirteen year old Dale Cooper made on an audiotape, recorded December 25th 1967, featured the following statement: “Above my bed on the wall is my most important personal item, a poster of Jimmy Stewart in the movie The FBI Story which only I can touch.”   It seems fitting, of …

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 …