If the influence of a show like Twin Peaks stays with you, declaring itself here and there in both subtle and obvious ways, are you simply a fan or is the show somehow actually haunting you? For author Peter Korchnak, the distinction becomes nearly moot as the influence follows him over decades and continents from Slovakia to Oregon as a foundational and symbolic element of his experience during the transformation and westernization of his home country. Having written about nostalgia for my own contribution to this project, I read Korchnak’s take with great interest, learning that what Lynch and Frost created easily spans culture, time, and place. I encourage you to read this author’s account at his blog American Robotnik, where he writes about “the wonders of life as a transplant.”
He called it. A lot of people I’ve spoken to in recent months have said how great it would be if the show returned, but mere weeks before the announcement Scott’s opinion was a bit more fervent: “It is time for a Twin Peaks reboot.” Indeed. Apparently the show’s creators agreed. Because this was written before the announcement, the author of this installment in the Twin Peaks Project plays a fun game of Who-Should-Direct? And indeed, who else but Lynch would be worthy? Also discussed in this strangely prescient piece are some plot and characterization ideas–and since the universe took his first point so seriously, I’ll be looking for any semblance of these suggestions in 2016. Take a moment to fantasize along with author and editor Scott Whitaker about what a new season of Twin Peaks
would will look like.
Two of the things I like most about the work of BC Edwards–both in his prose and poetry–are 1) his way of making imaginative narrative leaps (you never end up where you expect to), and 2) his humor (both funny ha ha and funny strange). Happily, both are in evidence in his essay, up today at Monkeybicycle, about how missing out onTwin Peaks became a kind of badge he now wears with pride. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
P.S. A few weeks ago we ran another piece written by an author who hadn’t seen Twin Peaks, and a reader contacted me on Twitter to say he’d prefer essays by people who had (the note was good-humored, to be fair). Normally I’d sympathize–participants in a project nominally about a subject should obviously be able to demonstrate some understanding, even expertise, about said subject, right? And yet, because Twin Peaks was/is such a cultural touchstone, I think it’s interesting to hear from those on the sidelines, from people who, instead of being shot directly in the heart by this show, were merely grazed.