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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Twin Peaks

One of our favorite writers of all time is David Lynch. With principal filming for the new Twin Peaks starting this week, we’re celebrating the rebirth of this cult classic television show. Are you as excited as we are about its return? After re-watching the entire series we discovered some fun facts that other fans of the show might not have caught on to.

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1. There were a ton of parents of famous actors on the show. Donna Hayward’s mom (played by Mary Jo Deschanel) is Zooey & Emily Deschanel’s mother. Having been a successful actress herself, she helped launch her daughters’ extremely successful careers in Hollywood.

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2. Zooey & Emily’s dad, Caleb Deschanel, also directed a few episodes. Caleb & Mary Jo met on another David Lynch project.

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3. Norma Jennings (played by Peggy Lipton) is Rashida Jones’ mom. Rashida is known as Quincey Jones’ daughter, but what many don’t know is that her mom is also a great actress.


4. Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaals dad, Stephen Gyllenhaal, directed 1 episode.

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

5. Warren Frost, who played Doc Hayward, was Mark Frost’s dad (the producer of the show).

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6. Amber Tamblyn is Russ Tamblyn’s (Dr. Jacoby) daughter. She’s appeared with her dad at Twin Peaks events.


7. The timeframe for the first 2 seasons was only 28 days. It only took Coop and the Bookhouse Boys 15 days to solve Laura’s murder and there were only 13 more days before the final scene of the series.


8. There is a Twin Peaks Festival held yearly, plus a Twin Peaks magazine called “Wrapped In Plastic” and many of the actors and crew involved in the series attend Twin Peaks events frequently held around the world.

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9. The haunting, powerful score behind Twin Peaks was created in 20 minutes by Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.

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10. Damon Lindelof has stated that LOST was heavily influenced by David Lynch/Twin Peaks. We thought that scene with the donkey wheel in the ice cave with Ben was awfully similar to the scene in owl cave!

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Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. Author of The 4-Hour Workweek, which was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, a No. 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, and a USA Today bestseller. In 2010, he followed up with The 4-Hour Body, which was another No. 1 New York Timesbestseller. Ferriss is an angel investor or an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.

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Top 9 Books Aspiring Writers Should Read

As I look back over the list I compiled, I can’t help but think, this is an odd list! But these writers inspired me through their books in many different ways to bring me along as a writer.

1. Dune by Frank Herbert

I learned a few lessons about the type of writer I did not want to be by reading Dune. It was much too complicated and verbose for me at that stage of life.


2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Some readers equally find Faulkner’s Fury complicated in another way: the stream of consciousness of the “idiot” family member. But I found it fascinating, more like a puzzle needing to be solved. Faulkner had me reeled in to figure this out.

The Sound and the Fury

3. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

This is the only book on this list that I have read several times for the pure joy of it. O’Connor had my emotions at her disposal. I laughed, ridiculed, laughed some more, and then was shocked. In the end I identify too much with the words of the Misfit, “She would have been a good woman had someone been there to shoot her every day of her life.” I too lament those moments of clarity that only occur when bad things happen. Oh for those moments of clarity all the time!


4. All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren

Never have I been so drawn in by introspection over identity, but I read Warren’s words as I searched for my own identity and realized how fractured I really am. I especially identified with Jack’s musings about the picnic where he invites all the different versions of himself together at the same time. Would my different identities even recognize each other? he muses. That quote hangs with me to this day.


5. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

My 12th grade English teacher pulled me aside and told me, “I want you to read these books.” And they consumed me. I could not put them down. I lived and breathed them and wondered how I could have lived 17 years on planet Earth without reading them. They were adventure to me as I lived through Frodo and Bilbo.

The Lord of the Rings

6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

If The Hobbit was an inspiration of adventure, Narnia’s tales were pure magic. I used to dream of being taken away to Narnia. I used to remember stepping between floor-to-ceiling supports in our basement and imagined them as a gateway to Narnia. No, imagined is not strong enough. I longed to go to Narnia like Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.


7. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Heinlein was not just adventure; it was danger. I had a fascination with science fiction and the young hero in Heinlein’s story.

Starship Troopers

8. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Never have I read so much with such anticipation and still wanted to read more when all seven volumes were complete. I longed to write my own imaginative story that created a world not too distant from our own.

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9. The Firm by John Grisham

Never have I read a book so quickly. I still think of it as the page turner that I truly picked up and didn’t put down until I was finished.

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