Friday, August 6, 2010

Laura's Diary & The Orchid's Curse (Twin Peaks, S2, eps. 4 & 5)

The Lost & Found column for Laura's Diary and The Orchids Curse has been assassinated via spring-loaded knife for your reading pleasure on


  1. I noticed Hawk's earring too! I kept trying to figure out if he'd been wearing it the whole time and I'd never noticed it, or if it was new. I like your hypothesis that it was a gift from the women at the lake.

    And belated thank you for the Cooper autobiography recommendation. I got around to it this past weekend and it was a really fun read. I'm a little surprised that they didn't save some of the stuff in it for the actual show, though. Or did it come out after the series had been cancelled?

  2. I don't know the timing of the release of the book, but I believe it came out toward the end of the run. I'm not as familiar with Season 2 of the show as I am with Season 1, but my impression is that the autobiography functions to fill in the blanks of the larger story being told. It's a fun, quick read and it drops a lot of tantalizing hints, but it doesn't give much away (except the identity of the woman who Cooper loved). Since we've now entered the Windham Earle phase of the show, it made sense to me to give folks the means to deepen their experience of that storyline.

    Glad you enjoyed it! Loved Cooper's experiment in staying awake - funny stuff. I also enjoyed the way in which a great many things are alluded to (Coop took a plunge off a waterfall with a vine strapped to his ankle, pre-college? Wha? Birds in the sky and his mother's dreams?) without being explored further in the book.

  3. That's a good point. It didn't really spoil anything, but it had enough substance to it to feel worthwhile (which seems rare for books like this). And it's certainly made me more excited for Windham Earle to show up.

    To change topic a bit, it's hard for me to answer the question in your column about Twin Peaks women always being threatened with violence. I think it's definitely a pattern worth noticing. If violence against women comes up in other television shows, it's usually an isolated case, whereas in Twin Peaks it's pretty widespread and therefore noteworthy. I'm not offended by it, though, as I've never got the impression that the show is relishing in the fact that women are in peril.

    It's an intangible thing, and kind of hard for me to explain, but the tone of all those scenes has never felt too exploitative. I think it helps that in most cases - like those of Audrey, Donna, and Maddy most recently - they've put themselves into dangerous situations and have gotten caught, rather than being passive victims who are preyed upon. I'm not trying to imply that they deserved what they got, because that's certainly not the case, but it tends to imply that they're threatened with violence because they're involved in dangerous situations, not because they're helpless girls.

  4. That's well-articulated, Katie. I tend to agree with you, though I'm left wondering why it is that, say, James never gets tied up in a Mill and left to die.

    But even as I write that I remember that Jacoby had his brains practically beat out of him, and that Cooper was shot.