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New Escapist Column! On Understanding “Twin Peaks” Emotionally, Rather than Intellectually…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine yesterday. With the thirtieth anniversary of Twin Peaks, I got to talk a little bit about the show and David Lynch.

Lynch has a reputation as a “difficult” artist for audiences, a filmmaker whose art is challenging and provocative. It’s easy to see why. On a simple mechanical level, it can be very difficult to explain what happens during a David Lynch film or television show. More to the point, two different audience members might provide two very different descriptions. However, that’s always been what I admired about Lynch. As a critic, he forces me to engage emotionally with his work because an intellectual understanding is never enough. I feel Lynch’s work, even if I don’t comprehend it.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

2 Responses

  1. Another fantastic piece! The Simpsons reference really is an insightful crux for your approach explanation (a bit at a loss for words to describe something that isn’t really about empirical evaluation). Anyway, it summed up a lot about Twin Peaks I think I also felt but had never understood or could articulate anywhere near as well as you have. Thank you! As always, it was a pleasure reading, and I look forward to your next work!

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