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Twin Peaks – Agent Dale Cooper

10670206_736805023036112_4682529766911646167_n “Diane, 11:30 a.m., February Twenty-fourth. Entering the town of Twin Peaks”…

Diane may be the most ingenious non-character ever to grace a television screen. Wait. She never does grace the screen. That is why it is so genius, dammit. I feel as though I know Diane, yet her absence is what makes her so special. I mean, I’m actually jealous of her. I want her job. I want to receive all of Coop’s tapes in the mail. I want to send him ear plugs. I want him to tell me about the cherry pie. That last one sounds dirty, but it’s not. Strangely enough, I picture Diane as somewhat asexual, no-nonsense, by-the-book, yet a humanitarian. Is that even possible?

Regardless, here is Agent Dale Cooper, stitched for your pleasure, as he surely tells Diane something incredibly important yet also quirky and mysterious. I still feel overwhelmed by stitching this series. I tried to pinpoint the six most important characters for a set of cocktail napkins, and it is impossible. Try it yourself – I bet you can’t do it. When you get to number six, you’ll think, “Well, if I include (insert name), then I have to include (insert name).” For once, I might be paralyzed with indecision. Actually, that’s a lie. I am paralyzed with indecision whenever I go grocery shopping. However, I am usually quick and sure with my decisions, even the big ones.

Now, please excuse me. I have to go adopt a Russian baby.

Twin Peaks – The Log Lady

log ladyHave you heard the news? Yinzerella at Dinner is Served 1972 broke the story in my Facebook news feed regarding the new Twin Peaks series on Showtime. After initial disbelief and some serious googling, I am coming to terms with waiting until 2016 for the new series airs, and then waiting until it comes out on DVD or is available to stream online. (As much as I love pop culture, I do not have cable television or Netflix. I get my shit from the library.)

That’s a lot of waiting. But then I think of all of those Twin Peaks enthusiasts out there – the bloggers, the festival goers, the analysts, the theorists – and this really must have made their day, their year, their life.

I’m not sure where I fit in to all of this. I suppose I’m a fan. I watch the series annually. I can quote much of the dialogue. I think Twin Peaks changed television, irreversibly, for the better.

Still, doesn’t everyone remember how bad the second season was? Once the murder was solved, the plot lines took a nose dive, and peripheral characters went from being quirky to annoying. How can a continuation of this, even in a limited series, be something to look forward to?

After listening to 7 minutes of a small batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour on NPR, I am convinced. If you are skeptical, I urge you to listen to it. If you are already on the Twin Peaks bandwagon, I still urge you to listen to it. There is an incredibly poignant Bert and Ernie analogy that makes it worth your time. I promise.

And now, I’m left to wait. In the meantime, I’m revisiting my Twin Peaks stitched series, previously abandoned because I thought, “Who is going to want dozens of tea towels stitched with all of the various Twin Peaks characters?” Perhaps no one. But what else do I have to do? Thus, I leave you with the Log Lady. Someday, her log will have something to say about this.