My
Ten
Years
with
Twin
Peaks



 We
begin
this
episode
of
My
Ten
Years
with
Twin
Peaks
with
two
scenes.
 
 Scene
One:
A
college
professor
has
just
finished
the
weekend
Grocery
 shopping
at
Wal‐Mart,
When
he
hands
his
debit
card
to
the
young
man
at
the
 check‐out,
he
is
taken
aback
by
the
cashier’s
excited
 question:
“Are
you
the
one
who
edited
the
book
on
 Twin
Peaks?"
 Scene
Two:
A
"college
bowl"
tournament
at
Boston
 University.
Two
teams,
one
with
a
placard
reading
"New
 York
University"
on
the
table
before
them,
are
 competing,
ready
to
answer
a
toss‐up
question:
"In
 1995
several
American
academics
assembled
a
book
of
 essays
on
the
television
series
Twin
Peaks.
For
10
points
 name
the
book."
A
young
woman
on
the
NYU
team
is
the
 only
one
to
ring
in
and
answers,
"Full
of
Secrets.
And
it
 was
edited
by
my
father."
NYU
earns
the
ten
points.
 These
are
true
stories,
as
unlikely
as
they
both
seem.
(Actually
they
aren't
 entirely
true,
the
young
NYU
student,
my
daughter
Rachel,
did
not
say
"it
was
edited
 by
my
father";
I
just
wish
she
had!)
Episodes
in
the
life
of
a
Twin
Peaks
scholar.
As
 many
of
you
who
read
this
know,
my
book
Full
of
Secrets:
Critical
Approaches
to
Twin
 Peaks,
was
published
by
Wayne
State
University
Press
in
1995,
became
the
best
 selling
book
in
the
history
of
WSUP,
and
established
its
editor
as
perhaps
the
world's
 most
prominent
Twin
Peaks
scholar.
(To
become
such
was
not
one
of
my
goals
when
I
 earned
a
Ph.D.
in
English
many
years
ago.)
Not
surprisingly,
I
was
Invited
to
do
a
 second
Twin
Peaks
for
Wayne
State,
and
this
time
I
turned
for
help
to
true
experts
on
 Twin
Peaks,
Craig
Miller
and
John
Thome.
The
book
should
be
out
within
a
year.
 When
Twin
Peaks
premlered
on
April
8,
1990,
I
was
watching.
My
mother
and
 father‐in‐law
were
in
town,
having
descended
on
our
household
in
Memphis
from
 their
retirement
home
in
Las
Vegas.
Whether
it
was
due
to
the
unpleasant
aftertaste
 of
the
strange
experience
of
watching
David
Lynch
with
my
wife's
parents
or
because
 of
my
own
fecklessness,
I
did
not
return
for
the
next
episode.
Sick
of
hearing
the
 water‐cooler
conversation
at
the
university
(especially
since
we
didn't
even
have
a
 water‐cooler),
I
did
finally
begin
to
watch
in
earnest
when
Twin
Peaks
was


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reincarnated
in
the
summer
reruns.
Now
completely
enthralled,
I
hosted
a
party
 (cherry
pie,
joe,
etc.)
to
watch
the
premiere
episode
of
the
second
season.
By
the
 time
ABC
suspended
the
series
in
February
1991,
I
had
hatched
the
scheme
to
do
a
 book.
 Finding
a
publisher
was
not
easy.
Scores
of
possible
venues,
both
mainstream
 houses
and
university
presses,
rejected
it.
More
than
one
did
market
analyses
that
 indicated
that
a
book
on
a
cult
TV
series
that
had
been
off
the
air
for
two
years
 would
not
sell
500
copies.
Finally
Wayne
State
offered
me
a
contract
for
a
volume
 that
would
eventually
sell
over
8,000
copies.
I
had
so
much
good
material
on
the
 series
that
I
was
able
to
assemble
essays
not
included
in
Full
of
Secrets
in
a
special
 issue—21.4
(1993)—of
Literature/
Film
Quarterly.
And
 now,
in
a
new
century
and
a
new
millennium,
Cralg,
 John,
and
I
have
assembled
enough
excellent
Twin
 Peaks
scholarship,
most
already
published
elsewhere
 (some
of
it
in
the
pages
of
WIPI,
to
make
another
first‐ rate
book.
 Twin
Peaks
was
"supposed
to
change
TV,"
as
 Howard
Rodman
would
say
in
a
buzz‐making
essay
 published
before
the
series
aired.
It
certainly
changed
 me.
A
film
scholar
by
training,
I
now
find
television
 perhaps
more
interesting,
more
central
to
my
own
 critical
imagination.
As
I
have
gone
on
to
co‐edit
other
 books
on
TV
(a
too‐academic
book
on
The
X‐Files,
an
in‐development
book
on
Buffy
 the
Vampire
Slayer,
and
a
notyet
published
collection
of
make‐believe
parody
 reviews
of
non‐existent
books
of
television
criticism),
it
is
Twin
Peaks
that
taught
me
 how
to
take
television
seriously
(and
comically).
Thanks
to
Twin
Peaks,
my
daughter
 now
realizes
that
I
am
more
than
a
couch‐potato
scholar,
and
I
am
a
person
to
reckon
 with
at
WalMart.


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