Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks
by Brad Dukes

In the intro and interstitial segments, Brad Dukes comes off as kind of a mediocre writer, so you’ll be grateful the bulk of the book is made up of interview quotes (though even those occasionally seem oddly transcribed). The book is compulsively readable, as oral histories tend to be. Fans of the show will already be aware of some of these stories, but there were many interesting bits I hadn’t heard before (such as the fact that Steven Spielberg came very close to directing an episode!). Among others, it was nice to hear from Michael Ontkean, who tends to stay out of the public eye, and who speaks like the poet he is. The later chapters confirm that pretty much everyone working on the show knew it was going off the rails in the middle of the second season.

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