Amanda Marbais

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How Twin Peaks Tells the Story of TV's Last 30 Years

PASTE MAGAZINE, 2017

In 1990, a generation fed on prescriptive TV morality was ready for the strangeness of Twin Peaks. Lynch already had a following, and as Gen Xers, we were rebelliously headed toward subversion. Over the next decade, we embraced the disjointed narrative of Pulp Fiction, the outrageous violence and doppelgänger fever-dream of Fight Club, and every blood-soaked critique of consumerism in American Psycho. We were ready for narratives to pull layers from the culture, revealing what we already knew was there: hypocrisy, greed, disloyalty, darkness.