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Twin Peaks Returns And I Want It All To Myself...
"Wonder" by JB Minton

Twin Peaks has returned and I don’t want to share it with you but I have to. I am a lot more possessive of this Twin Peaks than I was the original two seasons and a movie. 
Let me explain myself. I didn’t watch Twin Peaks until my friend, podcast co-creator and brother-in-law (in that order) Scott Ryan made me watch it, in what he called, “The Right Way.” 

Now, I was not accustomed to anyone telling me how to watch a television show, but I trusted Scott’s passion and let him be our guide into the world of Frost & Lynch as they put a frame around human suffering and showed us beauty and terror with amazing music, dialogue, and photographs that moved at 30 frames per second.

We bought and ate the donuts when they ate the donuts, drank the coffee when they drank the coffee, and we ate the pie when they ate the pie.  As instructed, I read Laura Palmer’s Diary when Cooper and Truman read Laura Palmer’s Diary, and I read Cooper’s Autobiography halfway through Season 2 so I would be prepared for what the fictional world Twin Peaks was about to suffer from as a second round of tragedy when they lost Special Agent Dale Cooper and he was replaced by a malevolent spirit, hell bent on stoking the flames of hatred and violence in the world to increase the quality of garmonbozia (human suffering in the form of creamed corn that these demons feed on as a source of energy).

Cool Story Bro, but Scott owned the experience of having watched the show and the film time and time again for twenty years. He read every Wrapped In Plastic and collected and framed all those amazing Twin Peaks playing cards. I couldn’t muster the passion to devote myself to a show that old and that far out of an immediate experience. It is similar to how I imagine my children respond when I make them put their electronic devices in a basket and sit down and watch Little House on Prairie.

But then the announcement came from Frost & Lynch on Twitter and suddenly the narrative and the imagery and the sound was taking on new meaning for me. It became a meditation on suffering. There were so many questions to think about that we needed three years to process and prepare for what just started a few weeks ago. 

As I write this, there have been four published “Parts” to the saga of Twin Peaks. Mark Frost published The Secret History of Twin Peaks, a masterpiece of deception and intrigue that put a frame around what we were about to experience with an 18 hour film, slow dripped out over a third of a year, a 33% progression in the Earth’s revolution around the Sun.

But time moves very slowly in the Red Room and in the Black Lodge and in whatever that fucking power station in space is, so we have plenty of time to allow the metaphors to wash over us and tell us secrets about why human beings are born to suffer and die, some of us so much more so than others.

Something is in our house and something is missing. We have to find it and bring it back. Like all Twin Peaks fans, this ongoing work of art has become very special to me, a touchstone of morality and humor and darkness and humility. And I’m willing to share it with you, because it’s immediate and we are experiencing it together, in our waking lives. While the world is burning around us, we walk with the fire and watch how it burns and ignites the next moment in flame. We get to experience this together and perhaps that’s the answer to the question we are asked every second of every moment in Twin Peaks and the world it exists inside, in the Red Room and Black Lodge which feeds off human energy in that world and we get to walk with each other in our "real world," which needs people who understand suffering more than ever so that we can become the change that is needed to let that suffering dissolve in our waking moments together.


JB Minton

JB MInton is the author of POETRYSEXLIFE, ..AND THE THIRD FLOOR MAGISTRATES TOOK THE RAPE and is a Technologist, Podcaster and Twitch Streamer. Follow JB on Facebook, Twitter and the Web.

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120 The Secret History Of Twin Peaks

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So is Mark Frost's new book got you angry? You don't understand why there are mistakes? Norma's Mom? Nadine's Honeymoon? The March 15th date? Don't you worry. at 16 minutes into our newest Podcast, prepare to have your mind blown. Mark Frost, almost got us, but not quite. John Thorne joins Scott & Josh to give a theory about how the book actually does work.

Also, Scott takes John to task on his Dream theory which seems debunked after the book.  SPOILERS are all over this podcast, so listen after you read.  Be sure to buy the book, John's book and check out Scott's Twin Peaks Documentary.  Enjoy a really fun debate about The first new piece of Twin Peaks since 1992.

Scott Ryan and John Thorne have started a new Magazine about Twin Peaks. Order The Blue Rose Digital version for only $2.99, the Print version at the website: www.Bluerosemag.com

If you have not heard the story of what happened when Scott tried to buy the book, listen to that story here:

https://youtu.be/tikvFrLOjb8

 

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Buy or Rent A Voyage To Twin Peaks at Amazon. It is the documentary Scott directed about the 25th Twin Peaks Festival. See the actors, the set locations and interviews with the fans. Like Scott's newest podcast: The Thirtysomething Podcast on FacebookTwitteriTunes

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119 The Festival of Disruption: David Lynch

119 Courtenay Stallings was able to attend David Lynch's Festival of Disruption in Los Angeles over the weekend. She reports back to us all the music, movies, celebrities and Twin Peaks news on our latest Podcast. Hear about Mel Brooks, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch and more.

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Reflections of a Fest: Twin Peaks Fest 2016

IMG_1642 After a sojourn to the Northwest for my first visit to the Twin Peaks Fest several years ago, I wrote up a day-by-day overview of the experience. That summer, I had just spent five months covering the U.S.C. Twin Peaks Retrospective for the Red Room Podcast and wanted to stay immersed in the TP world, so I made the trek to Snoqualmie Falls –– the iconic place of pilgrimage featuring the exterior of the Great Northern Hotel. Like many first-time Fest attendees, I looked forward to seeing the locations and hearing what the celebrities had to say while eating copious amounts of cherry pie at the RR Diner (AKA Twede's). What keeps me coming back, though, is the community of friends I've made over the years through this strange and wonderful world. This Fest seemed particularly significant because of the absence of Catherine Coulson and this being the last Fest before the airing of Season 3. There was a tangible electric vibe in the air for many of us. Things are about to change. For now, we can enjoy the mystery of not knowing where the Twin Peaks story is headed, but by next year, we'll have some answers and, hopefully, some new questions. The following are my impressions of the 2016 Fest.

John and Kat Evans, Fest Staff and really nice folks

The Fest Staff and Volunteers: "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present."

Us Fest goers keep coming back for an array of reasons, but I would be remiss not to give a shout out to the people who 1) kept the Fest alive when most of us were not even making the trek; and 2) still keep the Fest alive by making it small, personable and reminding us that it's all about the experience of community. Thank you for giving of your time and yourself to the madness. We are truly grateful. A special thank you to Rob and Deanne Lindley, the Fest Organizers, as well as Pam and Glenn Allen, Kat and John Evans, Jared and Robyn Wolfsberger, and the volunteers.

Laura Harring (Rita/Camilla, "Mulholland Drive")

The Celebrities: “Someday my log will have something to say about this.”

Many Fest first-timers and returners come for the unique opportunity to not only see celebrities from the world of Twin Peaks and David Lynch but also for the chance to spend some one-on one time with them, too. The Friday night banquet, the town hall, the movie night and the picnic featured celebrities, including the following:

Charlotte Stewart (Betty Briggs, “Twin Peaks”)

Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran, “Twin Peaks”)

Connie Woods (New Girl at One Eyed Jacks, “Twin Peaks”)

Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, “Twin Peaks”)

Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley/Butler, “Twin Peaks”)

Jan D’Arcy (Sylvia Horne, “Twin Peaks”)

Mädchen E. Amick, (Shelly Johnson, “Twin Peaks” and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Gary Bullock (Sheriff Cable, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Jonny Leppell (Pierre Tremont/Chalfont, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Laura Harring (Rita/Camilla, “Mulholland Drive”)

Bonnie Aarons (Bum behind Winkies, “Mulholland Drive”)

Julee Cruise (Singer, Songwriter and Actor)

John Neff (Sound Engineer, Musician and Composer)

Notably absent was Catherine Coulson (the Log Lady/Margaret Lanterman, "Twin Peaks"), who passed away last September 2015. A log was placed in her honor on the table among the celebrity panelists. Coulson would often bring word from David Lynch to the Fest fans. With her passing, Charlotte Stewart has taken on the role of Fest matriarch in bringing the good word from Lynch. Before the Fest, Stewart told Lynch that it was tradition that Catherine gives a message from him. Lynch gave it some thought, and, after several days, relayed the following to Stewart to present to the Fest fans: “Many items have more than one purpose. Even a table or a chair can have more than one purpose.” Got it? Good.

If you'd like to hear more from the celebs, Scott from the Red Room Podcast interviewed several of the celebrities, including Charlotte Stewart, Laura Harring, John Neff, Gary Bullock, John Thorne (author of "The Essential Wrapped in Plastic: Pathways to Twin Peaks") and Mary Hütter, fan, vendor and editor who edited the trailer for "Blue Bob in Paris," a documentary of behind the scenes of David Lynch's one-and-only Blue Bob concert. Also, Twin Peaks Unwrapped featured a podcast with the panel Q&A as well as interviews with some Fest attendees. IMG_1842I had the honor of interviewing Connie Woods (New Girl at One Eyed Jacks, “Twin Peaks”) about a documentary to bring attention to the fact that "in the state of Ohio it is illegal to rescue any abandoned or orphaned baby deer and that their fate (death) is sealed because of a barbaric law." On the website about the documentary, www.deerlybeloved.net, Woods wrote, "After hearing about Trooper, a three legged deer that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was planning on killing because he had been rescued and rehabilitated, I knew I had to do something .... I knew that if I could tell the story of Trooper and his rescuers that I might be able to make a small difference in this world. I learned about a small, but very passionate group of people in Ohio that are putting everything they have into saving these lovely innocent creatures. I've watched from afar as they held 'Barn Sales' to raise money for their legal fees while trying to have a bill passed that would prevent the ODNR from killing innocent baby deer. Upon hearing about Trooper and these special humans, my friend Sherilyn Fenn was on board immediately to help produce this documentary." If you'd like to know more and/or support the creation of the documentary, visit the website for "Deerly Beloved: The Saving Trooper Story" and the fundraising page to support this important cause for animal rights.

From left to right: Donna Hayward, Audrey Horne and Shelly Johnson

Costume Contest: "I'm Audrey Horne, and I get what I want!"

The costume contest at the celebrity dinner is a highlight of the Fest. This year's first-place winner included an exact replica of the iconic Rolling Stone Cover of the beauties of Twin Peaks. Three Fest attendees recreated the look of the cover and each played their role perfectly. This photo does not do it justice. Mädchen Amick even photobombed the ladies. There's amazing photos and videos out there. Take a gander.

IMG_1772Fest Films: "Where we're from, the birds sing a pretty song ... and there's always music in the air."

The Fest features a screening of a Lynch film every year. This year, they screened "Mulholland Drive," which was extra special because both Laura Harring (Rita/Camilla, “Mulholland Drive”) and Bonnie Aarons (Bum behind Winkies, “Mulholland Drive”) were in attendance. Movie night also featured a live performance by the talented Julee Cruise –– a very special treat for Fest-goers. A special thanks to John Neff who provided audio and sound as well as Glenn Lewis Allen for overseeing the movie night and the short film festival.

This was the second year in a row the Fest included a competitive film festival for Twin Peaks fans. Fans from all over the world submitted their Twin Peaks and David Lynch inspired independent short films. The winners were:

First Place: "Twin Peaks: Rituals and Candlelight" by David Busch

Second Place (tie): "Diane" by Siobhan Shields and "Twin Peaks Memorial" by Mary Hütter

Third Place: "Fire Walk With Me (Japan)" by Katsuhide Yamago

The Fest screened many of the short films, including a movie about the Fest itself. Red Room Podcast co-creator Scott Ryan made a documentary about last year's Twin Peaks Fest called "A Voyage to Twin Peaks." Scott's film is a love letter to the festival folk and all Twin Peaks fans. The documentary captures a precious moment in time –– a time when Catherine Coulson (featured in the film) was still with us. I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. (I laughed at Scott. A lot.) He really captured the magic of the Fest and the reason we all keep coming back. If you haven't seen it, go to Amazon right now and watch it.

Gary Bullock (Sheriff Cable, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”)

Sunday at Olalie Park: “A nice day for a picnic …”

The picnic in Olalie State Park, the site of many of the scenes from "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," was extra special this year with Gary Bullock (Sheriff Cable, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”) in attendance as Fest-goers reenacted scenes from FWWM, and, of course, an amazing play-by-play guided tour by filmmaker and holder-of-all-Twin-Peaks-knowledge Josh Eisenstadt.

What happens in the Roadhouse stays in the Roadhouse.

Karaoke Night: “Meet me in the Roadhouse after 9:30.”

The Festival concluded with Karaoke at the Roadhouse with unforgettable performances by Josh Eisenstadt and a spot-on Dorothy Vallens of "Blue Velvet" tribute. I'm not sure we'll be the same, and I'm pretty sure the Roadhouse staff will not be the same, but something magical happened among the beer and AV equipment that night.

The light fixture at the Great Northern (Salish Lodge) went full Lynchian during the Fest. Electricity!

Something Lynchian this way comes: "It is happening again."

Several Fests later, I’ve realized the Fest is less about seeing the celebrities and much more about the community of the fans. There is an acceptance of the eccentric among the Fest goers. They are a diverse and extremely creative group.

It was an honor to see old friends and meet new. I had some amazing conversations with John Thorne (original co-creator of Wrapped in Plastic magazine and author of "The Essential Wrapped in Plastic: Pathways to Twin Peaks") and Mya McBriar, who runs the Twin Peaks Fanatic blog. I laughed until my gut hurt with Scott and his lovely wife, who are good friends.

The Fest provided me a way to connect with incredible fellow writers like John Thorne of "The Essential Wrapped in Plastic," Brad Dukes of "Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks" and David Bushman, who wrote "Twin Peaks FAQ" with Arthur Smith. There are so many fantastic men writing about Twin Peaks, and I admire their work. I'm working on my own book (warning: selfish plug) in which I will highlight the women who are contributing to the dialogue of Twin Peaks. I'm in the process of interviewing and profiling women who are inspired by the show and writing about it or producing art inspired by it. The show's given so many women, including myself, an opportunity to explore their own complex and creative nature. I want to celebrate that. I want their voices to inspire and serve as an archive of this special moment in time.

There's something Lynchian in the atmosphere every time I go to North Bend, and it's not just about Twede's miracle cherry pies or the rushing Snoqualmie falls.

The night of the celebrity banquet, a group of us stopped by the Great Northern Hotel (Salish Lodge). I wandered into the lobby and noticed the light fixture went full David Lynch. This was not my first visit to the lobby, and I couldn't remember the erratic blinking of the lights occurring previously. Later, I asked a staff member if the blinking was meant to be. She said it wasn't supposed to happen, but the lights were acting strangely lately. It is happening again, my friends.

My first journey to the Fest was about hitting all the marks of participating in the costume contest (Maddy Ferguson), seeing all of the locations, and getting to know some fellow Fest-goers. Some years later, I've realized that the Fest is all of these experiences but so much has become more personal ... and more private. There is one event I witnessed that I cannot even put into words. In fact, I won't. It was hauntingly beautiful and sad. I captured a photo. But I didn't post it anywhere. Last year, Catherine Coulson relayed a message from David Lynch to us in which he said, "We live in a world where there really is no mystery or honoring of mystery anymore ... real mystery. I find that personally depressing. I would like to rediscover a world where everyone discovers on their own what real mystery is." I'm trying, Mr. Lynch. I'm trying.

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Some lasting impressions ...

Questions in a world of blue in the Red Room.

 

Donuts for days that Lucy set out for us.

 

A real-life canvas of trucks at the Edgewick just like that picture wall in Snoqualmie.

 

Charlotte Stewart's book is quite the read. Plus, she gave us a Betty Briggs happy-face button to don at the Fest.

John Thorne is an incredible musician and sound mixer. I'm excited to own this limited edition of Blue Bob.

 

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Scott's Documentary about Twin Peaks with Catherine (Log Lady) Coulson, Ian Buchanan, Josh Eisenstadt and more.

Listen to an interview with Sherilyn Fenn.

Buy John Thorne's book, Essential Wrapped In Plastic.

Buy Charlotte Stewarts Book, Little House in the Hollywood Hills.

John Neff talked about Blue Bob, check it out.

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Twin Peaks Festival 2016 Interviews - EXCLUSIVE

115 Podcast_edited-2Last year was Scott's first trip out to the Twin Peaks Festival, he came back with a documentary, A Voyage To Twin Peak. This year he comes back with some exclusive interviews from some of the celebrities. (Only attendees that didn't ask for money from fans were interviewed.) An interview was recorded with Connie Woods but somehow the interview was lost. We will hopefully have her on another show. He did get to talk to Charlotte Stewart about her book, Laura Harring from Mulholland Dr, John Neff, Sound guy on Mulholland Dr and Blue Bob and Gary Bullock, Sheriff Cable from Fire Walk With Me. Scott also interviewed Author, John Thorne, Check out his book, and Fan and Vendor, Mary Hutter. At the bottom of this post we have links to all they were selling and talking about. You will notice Scott's voice is a little rough on the voice over, the festival takes it out of you. Press play to listen, or head iTunes to download and be sure to check out the documentary about the Twin Peaks Festival Streaming on Amazon.

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Buy or Rent A Voyage To Twin Peaks at Amazon.

Scott's Documentary about Twin Peaks with Catherine (Log Lady) Coulson, Ian Buchanan, Josh Eisenstadt and more.

Listen to an interview with Sherilyn Fenn.

Buy John Thorne's book, Essential Wrapped In Plastic.

Buy Charlotte Stewarts Book, Little House in the Hollywood Hills.

John Neff talked about Blue Bob, check it out.

Purchase the Mulholland Dr. DVD

Buy Twin Peaks on DVD