Earlier today, I appeared on the Ward and Al show on SiriusXM Canada Talks 167 to talk about the return of Twin Peaks. Along the way, we also got into a lively discussion about pop culture, reboots, Saturday morning cartoons and much more. You can hear the segment below.
A few days prior to heading to the Twin Peaks Festival in North Bend, Washington, the ladies of What She Said had me on to talk about all things Twin Peaks, including Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks. Here’s the complete interview. You can hear What She said, weekdays from 10am – Noon on SiriusXM Canada Talks Channel 167.
I’m back at my hotel room, having ended my first day at Twin Peaks Fest a little early. I decided to skip out on the screening of Fire Walk With Me, since I’ll be attending the screening in Toronto that Rue Morgue is putting on for Fan Expo’s Festival of Fear at the end of the month, and rather than sitting in the movie theatre I figured I could actually do some writing.
The first day was quite fun. Driving in from Seattle, the highway to North Bend is absolutely gorgeous – the mountains and trees were truly something to behold. There were a few times where I wanted to pull out the camera while on the road, but I’m smarter than that.
To be honest, my initial feeling when I walked into the meeting hall for the fest was one of discomfort. There were certainly people who knew one another, and for a few minutes I felt like an outsider. However, I think I started to loosen up; as well, I was wearing my “We’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat” t-shirt, which wound up serving as an excellent conversation starter with more than a few people. What I soon realized is that if you’re willing to talk, everyone attending is happy to talk back. Makes sense, right? We’ve all travelled varrying distances because of our love of Twin Peaks, so we all have at least one thing seriously in common. That being said, I didn’t compete in the Twin Peaks trivia contest for fear of failing at minutia trivia – I actually would have done pretty well, at least for the first few rounds, but truthfully, I don’t know which hand Cooper uses to when using his dictaphone (though in my mind’s eye, I see him being a righty), and I thought there would be questions like that (there really wasn’t). I also had a chance to talk to Brad Dukes, a Twin Peaks expert who has just released Reflections: An Oral History Of Twin Peaks, which is exactly as described, and is beautifully put together. I’d say with Brad’s book, a thorough and extensive history of the show, and mine, which as you’ll see come February analyzes the show while placing it in pop culture context, you really won’t need anything else on your library shelf (hopefully I won’t be the only one who feels that way).
Rob, who puts together the fest with his wife and lots of other friendly folks, was a nice fellow to speak with; he took some Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks post cards which people will be able to pick up on Saturday, so that was very kind of him. Following the sign-in, I joined a caravan of about four or five cars over to where the exterior and interior of Leo Johnson’s house was shot for both the pilot and Fire Walk With Me. Honestly, this was worth the price of admission alone, as the owner of the house, an older gentleman named Dave, actually came out and told the bunch of us the story of how David Lynch came to use his house as Leo’s. The best part of the story in my mind was the fact that Dave watched only five minutes of the pilot before deciding it wasn’t his cup of tea. He’s never seen it since.
I checked into my hotel, but soon drove back into downtown North Bend to eat at Twede’s, the basis for the Double R Diner, where I had clam chowder, a Monterey Burger, fries, and of course, cherry pie and coffee. And damned if that cherry pie wasn’t absolutely fantastic. I anticipate a few more slices before the weekend is over.
The evening of films began with some short pieces, along with the arrival of the TP celebs who were on-hand, including Charlotte Stewart, Chris Mulkey, Wendy Robie and Kimmy Robertson, who had some very kind words to say about my Rue Morgue article on Twin Peaks which I interviewed her for earlier this year. As mentioned, I decided to skip out on the Fire Walk With Me screening, as I’ll be taking the early morning bus tour and figured I should get some shut eye.
Actually, that felt pretty good.
“If you ever wind up up in Terminal 1 with a few hours to kill, Diane, you could do a lot worse than a True Burger ‘skinny combo’. That’s one of the two combos that they have to offer here, the other being a ‘true combo’. The difference betweeen them is simple, Diane.
“The True Burger ‘classic is two large patties of beef equalling, by my estimation based on the ‘skinny’, which is a singly pattie that I did in fact order alongside fries and a diet soda, a half pound of meat. Diane, I don’t know about you but the idea of sitting on an airplane for nearly five and a half hours with a half pound of meating rolling moving through my digestive track is simply not too appealing.
“Total cost of the ‘skinny combo’ was $12.36. Paid with credit card, and I did not tip. Diane, it boggles my mind why credit card machines offer a tip option even in situations where nobody has actually done anything that would translate into service. Now you know me, I have no problems tipping, and I’m certainly willing to go above and beyond the 15% polite society often deems acceptable. But when I pour my own cup of coffee or someone simply hands me my meal across a small divide, well Diane, as they say in Las Vegas, no dice.
“Should my plane leave on time, it looks as though I’ll be arriving in Seattle at roughly 10:40 pm. That’s Pacific time. I’ll be spending the night at an airport hotel, since I don’t believe traveling all the way to North Bend at that late hour would be a prudent move. Plus, as the song goes, I don’t know where I’m going.
“However, I do anticipate that once I arrive in North Bend for the Twin Peaks Festival, I will be among friends I’ve never met. And sometimes, those are the best ones of all. Until tomorrow, Diane, it’s me, signing off.”
Happy release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and The Missing Pieces day! Like so many of you, I’ve waited decades to see the scenes cut from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and having watched them over the weekend for Rue Morgue Magazine, I can tell you that you won’t be let down by what David Lynch has compiled.
I’ll let you know when the review is published; in the meantime, here’s my friend Kimym Robertson unboxing the brand new Blu-ray set!
Hi there and welcome to Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, the site for my forthcoming book on the series, to be published in February 2015 by ECW Press. My plan for this particular site is to share updates as we head towards publication. This being my first book, it’s been an interesting trip seeing it come to fruition, and I plan on including info on the whole process here. I’ll also be updating the site with transcripts of the various interviews I conducted with Twin Peaks alum for both Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, and the cover story I did for Rue Morgue magazine in March 2014. The article turned out very well and hopefully fandom enjoyed it, but, unsurprisingly, there’s lots of content that couldn’t make it into the finished article and sidebars. This will be the place to find them.
Coming up first, though, is my trip to North Bend for the Twin Peaks Fest. I’m psyched to be going and seeing the sites, and also meeting all the other fans that are making the trek as well. I’ll be sharing my travels both here and with the folks at Rue Morgue as well, so be sure to check in for those updates at the end of the month. Until then, see you in the sycamore trees!