Friday, April 1, 2011

Check This Out: David Lynch's Original "Twin Peaks" Map

You Gen-Yers, with your Mad Men and your Lost—you don’t know what it is to obsess over the minutiae of a weekly television drama! Why, back in my day, we didn’t have Hulu and DVRs; we had to watch the damn show when it was on! With commercials! And then we had to figure out for ourselves what the hell it meant! We didn’t have blogs and AV Club recaps and think pieces in Salon! We’d have to—think about it! And talk to each other. Maybe on the party line! Kids today… (And thus concludes this week’s installment of Grumpy Old Pop Culture Man.)

Back in the spring and summer of 1990, America’s television obsession was Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s thoroughly bizarre serialized murder mystery/soap opera set in the small town of Twin Peaks, Washington. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost sold the series to ABC during the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, but (presumably due to that strike) they did not present a script or even a written proposal. Instead, they sold it on Lynch’s name recognition (he had released his critically acclaimed art house hit Blue Velvet two years before) and the show’s concept, which was helpfully illustrated by a map of the town and surrounding area. That map, originally published in the now out-of-print book Pictoral Maps, has just recently reappeared and started making the rounds among Lynch’s many adoring blogger fans. So grab a cup of coffee, slice up some cherry pie, and check it out after the jump.

[via Austin Kleon]

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