After some major technical issues, your intrepid hosts are back and talking about Twin Peaks: The Return, with a focus on Parts 9 through 12. True to form, we live up to the “tangents” part of our title, talking about everything from the intricacies of story structure in modern premium television, to why we love Dougie so damn much. We discuss H.P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond” as a key Weird text, and some intriguing parallels between that story and The Return’s approach to sound and energy as a way to split the barrier Between Two Worlds.
An overarching theme of The Weird is that some knowledge is–or should be–forbidden. That seeing into the abyss means that it’s denizens may see you, reach you, touch you… and do worse than see and touch. In various ways, Twin Peaks has always dealt with this idea. Sara Palmer, the Log Lady, and Cooper himself all found themselves seeing beyond the normal 5 senses that most humans share, and all of them have paid a steep price. The Return has gone even further, introducing devices, spaces and places that offer glimpses behind the curtains of reality, and what we have seen there has been the exact opposite of safety and mundanity.
Therefore we offer you a chance to reset your clocks 97 years into the past and witness the very first time that the foundational horror writer H.P. Lovecraft ventured to set down the facts relating to what issues, From Beyond.
Today, ladies and gentlemen, we will concentrate on “Eight”.
The 8th installment of Twin Peaks: The Return, we feel, will be looked on as the beginning of a new thing in the world of Television. It is also the best information we have today about the ultimate beginnings of BOB, Laura, and… Gnosticism? It’s a hot take everyone, so grab some Iced Tea and focus on our 11th secret, “A Beginning is a very delicate time…”
In this episode, we wrestle with the awesome beauty and genius of David Lynch’s triumphant Return to Twin Peaks by way of Buckhorn South Dakota, Philadelphia and… New. York. City? We won’t get a rope, but we will explore what is in The Box!
It’s hard to believe that we have already made it to the 9th secret of Counter Esperanto, and because 9 is a magic number we talk a lot about magic this time. The magic of 25 years ago and the anticipated magic of next week. The power of poetry, the nitty-gritty of pulling down the moon for fun and profit, and an intense speculation into the real secret history of Annie Blackburn, a character having a most amazing and intricate background… or lacking one entirely. It’s not that we are vacillating, it’s just that, “Depending on how one looks on the situation, it appears they both have merit.”
Because of that, we’ve gone back to the textual ur-text of Counter Esperanto, Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks, in order to investigate why Annie does not appear in it, and what that (and other things) may reveal. From there we have put out our feelers in order to really get the lay of the land as it sits, take the current temperature of Twin Peaks, and nail down some things that we think about David Lynch’s Enigmatic tales that bridge the gap between the small screen, the big screen and the mental screen.
To wit, this episode contains:
(1) Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan: Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.” read by Karl Eckler the elder.
(2) Jubel’s introduction
(3) A snapshot of Twin Peaks 25 years later, and 7 days from the return.
(4) “What’s Annie?” A wandering primer of esoterica, modern alchemy and Nth dimensional physics by K, all used to advance a theory both wild and unexpected. Submitted as a reply, with all due reverence and reciprocity, to the recent work of Lindsay Stamhuis.
The Music of Erich Zann is a haunting reminiscence of a place found outside the normal rules of society, order and physics.
Something exists behind the high wall that only Erich Zann can see over.
Does he long to see?
Or is he afraid of the cold fire from beyond that longs to walk with him?
Like the town of Twin Peaks the Rue d’Auseil cannot be found on any map, and those who seek for it fail, unless they walk with their inner sight. We Invite you then to close your eyes in a tightly curtained room, and shudder along with us a we walk up that steep hillside street where the houses bend together like supplicants in prayer, they and we are anxiously awaiting the concert to begin.
Waiting through the long meanwhile to again catch the haunting strains of…
The Music of Erich Zann
Read by Karl Eckler the Elder.
Music and Engineering by Jubel Brosseau
Typed shownotes by a 1963 Hermes 3000:
For artists, their outlook of the world can be expressed in the form of discrete symbol systems, and in this way artists are likely to refer to their art as their children. For this is true in a partially incestuous way. Our start positions in life are given to us primarily by our experiential parents: Those brave humans who choose to raise us. We take on that gift (or baggage) and transform it over the course of our lives, our lived encounters with the human and natural world. This forms individual outlooks on the world, for none of us see all of it, or even an identical portion of it.
An artist cannot help but incorporate this subjective model of the unknown objective world into their object ‘d art, or can they? In this episode, we discuss the work and lives of a number of authors working in the genre of “The Weird.” From H.P. Lovecraft to David Lynch. Yes, it’s Arkham to Twin Peaks, by way of Cross Plains, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.
The Horla is all about a creature from “outside” that causes a previously good and sane person to doubt their sanity, indulge in actions of questionable moral turpitude and ultimately make a terrible choice with unknown consequences. Sound familiar?
Read by Karl Eckler the Elder.
Music and Engineering by Jubel Brosseau
She is the reason that we are first introduced to the town of Twin Peaks, but died before that lonely foghorn first blew. Homecoming Queen and sex worker, murder victim and drug dealer, charity volunteer and thief, Laura is a character that exists beyond the pale boundaries of “good” and “bad” that television–especially the soap operas that Twin Peaks was inspired by–tends to sort its characters into.
Using her Secret Diary as a guide we peel back a few of the layers, look under one or two fingernails, and ultimately become blinded by the brilliance of Laura’s mind and soul. Taken from us too soon, we hope to see you again… the 25 years is almost up after all.
Nathan Carson is the drummer for Witch Mountain, a Doom Metal band from one of our favorite Twin Peaks adjacent cities, Portland! He’s also (in no particular order) a Twin Peaks fan, a really cool dude, and the author of the Bizarro Fiction novel Starr Creek which is perhaps more Lovecraftian than Peakian, but is very, very good, which is the main thing, isn’t it?
We talk to him about music, the weird, weird things, writing, touring and really get down to the brass tacks about what kind of wonderful trees there are out there.
Also, his publisher is Lazy Fascist Press, which puts out many books that are enjoyed by us.