For large- scale applications of information technology, governments have been called upon to apply procedures like those commonly used in major industrial and social projects. Thus, commitment might have to be deferred pending dissemination and public discussion of independent environmental or social impact statements.
But Who Is the Dreamer? Each of his films in this period tells two stories, one masking the other: In The Return this schism is given its most literal form yet: In an audacious or appalling final stroke that completes or forever defaces what may well be his last major work, David Lynch intimates that all the inhabitants of Twin Peaks and their dramas, and its Byzantine mythos of demons, giants, and the Black Lodge, are an elaborate fantasy, the dream of this original Dale Cooper—or whatever his real name is—a desperate attempt to forget what he knows, on some level, is the true story.
We know that Cooper is an FBI agent, or some sort of law enforcement official, and that he loved a woman, probably a blonde, who died, almost certainly murdered. That her death has had to be buried and disguised beneath so many layers of fabrication, guilt and denial suggests that, at the very least, he, Cooper, may have let her die, was somehow complicit in her death, or an even darker possibility: With the demon Bob vanquished and Mr.
We weave our life, and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream. For a few seconds after the lights go out in Twin Peaks, all we can see is the superimposed face of the Cooper outside the story, alone in the darkness.
And then from out of the inky black emerge the three remaining players: In a sense, there were only ever two characters in Twin Peaks. And in another sense, there was only ever one. The only characters in Twin Peaks: Dougie Jones, haunted by dim recollections of this former self, is repeatedly drawn to childhood figures of heroism: So what is this story of Dougie Jones about?
During his time as Dougie, Cooper slowly re-learns how to be a human being, from knowing when he has to urinate and rediscovering the virtues of coffee to having sex and loving a child.
This brief, accelerated life is a kind of do-over for Cooper, an attempt to be a decent family man, a good husband and father. The original Dougie, a creation of Mr. Once he reawakens, Cooper remembers his new family, and genuinely loves them: His purgatorial tenure in Dougie is a recapitulation of what the Cooper outside the story is trying to do through the fiction of Dale Cooper: From all of this we can infer that the real Cooper may not be the paragon of virtue that Dale Cooper is, or the model family man Dougie becomes.
As Dougie, Cooper is a loving if eccentric father; Mr. Dougie a hollow, childlike golem shuffling gamely through his days, speaking only in affable echolalia, Mr. But, like Jekyll and Hyde, they are not true antagonists but warring parts of a single personality.
They uncannily share the gestures of the Dale Cooper we know: And, like a Bond villain, Mr. When Cooper does try to return to the world and replace Mr.
But the spirit Mike, a kind of Jiminy Cricket conscience, keeps appearing to admonish him: His demeanor in this diner scene is ambiguous, menacing; he acts less like a lawman than a stickup man or stalker ex.
Also, he is unexcited about coffee. And his dead-eyed expression during his grim ritualistic sex with Diane is unmistakably Mr. At first it seems as if evil is an external force that possesses people, that can be exorcized and defeated: Demonic possession in Twin Peaks has always only been a metaphor for human depravity: In Lynch the divide between good and evil is always an illusion: We want to believe in the story of a true, good Cooper and a false, evil one as badly as Cooper needed to invent it.
This entire inscrutable scene is shown in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. At the same moment Cooper sees his double in the hall, a missing FBI agent named Philip Jeffries strides out of an elevator, and, walking into the office and pointing at Cooper, demands: The two events are connected not just chronologically but causally: Just as in dreams a figure can be one person but also someone else, morphing from one to the other or melding the two, almost all the women of Twin Peaks are different incarnations of this unknown woman behind the story: After Diane leaves Cooper in the last episode, he goes off in search not of her but of Laura.
These two central women in The Return, as well as Janey-E, are all different avatars of the same woman.
But Laura Palmer is the original, the template for all these other variations.Physicians progressed from just listening to patients give accounts of their symptoms to actual examination of the patient using auscultation and percussion.
Paul Kingsnorth is a writer and poet living in Cumbria, England. He is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Kidland and his fictional debut The Wake, winner of the Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award.
Kingsnorth is the cofounder and director of the Dark Mountain Project, a network of writers, artists, and thinkers.
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