Twin Peaks: Keep Your Eye On The Doughnut

Deputy Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill: My people believe that the White Lodge is a place where the spirits that rule man and nature reside. There is also a legend of a place called the Black Lodge. The shadow self of the White Lodge. Legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it The Dweller on the Threshold.

Special Agent Dale Cooper: Dweller on the Threshold.

Deputy Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill: But it is said that if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.

(Twin Peaks, Season 2 Episode 11)

In the world of Twin Peaks, anyone who’s someone has an antithesis. Hell, even things have them. And if you’re really important, you have a doppelgänger. It’s safe to say it is a show about duality. It’s in the damn name for Christ’s sake. This duality is presented in many different ways. And, like with a surreal dream, you’re brain tries and tries to make sense of the information presented to you.

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Twin Peaks: Speculations Written In The Stars

“The one artist that I feel could be my brother is Franz Kafka.”
– David Lynch

“Gentlemen, two days ago a young woman was found murdered by the same individual I believe responsible for the death of Laura Palmer. I have reason to believe that the killer is in this room. As a member of the Bureau, I spend most of my time seeking simple answers to difficult questions. In the pursuit of Laura’s killer, I have employed Bureau guidelines, deductive technique, Tibetan method, instinct, and luck. But now I find myself in need of something new, which, for lack of a better word, we shall call… magic.”
– Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

“Jemand mußte Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne daß er etwas Böses getan hätte, wurde er eines Morgens verhaftet. Die Köchin der Frau Grubach, seiner Zimmervermieterin, die ihm jeden Tag gegen acht Uhr früh das Frühstück brachte, kam diesmal nicht. Das war noch niemals geschehen.”

{Translation}

“Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning. His landlady’s cook, who always brought him his breakfast at eight o’clock, failed to appear on this occasion. That had never happened before.”
– Franz Kafka, Der Prozeß

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There are a few things I truly enjoy in life. In somewhat of an order, I love my wife, coffee, Kafka, a good mystery, cinema, the German language, and research. And I get all of that Sunday nights when my wife and I sit down to watch Twin Peaks: The Return. Now you might be saying, “But there isn’t anything German in Twin Peaks.” But you’d be forgetting about Heidi.

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