David Lynch Tells Us That ‘Twin Peaks’ is a Real Place and Of Course It Is
In, perhaps, my favorite bit of film journalism ever, David Foster Wallace wrote about David Lynch and his visit to the set of Lost Highway in 1996 for Premiere. And in speaking of what is properly Lynchian and why it’s important, he states: "An academic definition of Lynchian might be that the term ‘refers to a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former’s perpetual containment within the latter.’" He then goes onto explain such things as, someone like Ted Bundy wouldn’t be Lynchian but "good old Jeffrey Dahmer with his victims’ various anatomies neatly separated and stored in his fridge alongside his chocolate milk and Shedd Spread, was thoroughly Lynchian." And his realization that "a good 65 percent of the people in metropolitan bus terminals between the hours of midnight and 6 A.M. tend to qualify as Lynchian figures," is just one of many brilliant and wonderful observations made in the piece which you can read HERE.
But although it’s been seven years since he’s released a proper full-feature, thankfully, there has been no shortage of David Lynch. Dipping his magical hands into all aspects of the creative world, we are still able to get a glimpse inside the mind of one of my favorite humans, the twisted and absurdly fantastic auteur who gave us some of the greatest psychological thrillers and dramas cinema has ever had to offer. And at the recent 5th Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, Lynch was honored and in conjunction, participated in a Q&A—Masterclass: David Lynch. Throughout the conversation he spoke about all of his work—notably Twin Peaks. And in speaking of the mysterious and mystical cult classic show of horror and lurid debauchery lurking beneath the placid facade of small town wonder, Lynch stated that:
It’s a real place. All the characters are real. And the place is real.
Well, duh. Twin Peaks has always been a place that has existed—but in the mind. Like the Red Room, it’s a world that existed on another plane of existence that lives somewhere between the subconscious in dreams. And personally, it’s my favorite destination.
But anyhow, you can now watch the entire Q&A in its entirety HERE in five parts. Enjoy.