What Dougie is trying to tell you – The 9/11 conspiracy within Twin Peaks

In the third season of Twin Peaks, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are great again at drawing parallels between their fictional TV-reality and our outside real world. After the show returns from an absence of 25 years, our lead character Dale Cooper has to also return, being locked away for 25 years in a waiting room.
But what does he find when he returns? Not the old nostalgic town of Twin Peaks, where time always seemed to stand still. It’s no longer the television dream of the 90’s. Our hero now finds himself, just like the viewer, in a new modern world of 2017. With unfamiliar characters and locations. Not only that, our hero (like the viewer) now seems to have lost all agency in this new world he doesn’t understand.

In this article I will show you how David Lynch is processing the current world state and wants you, the viewer, to wake up to some specific details about the events of 9/11. The 9/11 part of the analysis is just plain and simply looking at images and scenes that Lynch is presenting to us, and will connect them to what he has said on the topic. I will provide footnotes for all the evidence and provide you with a larger context of what Lynch is doing. Strangely, I haven’t come across this clear reading of the Dougie plot line in relation to the historic date. This will reveal the meaning behind the name Lucky 7, the statue outside, Dougie’s drawings, the insurance conspiracy, Bushnell’s double-down and how Dougie becomes “The arm” of Philip Gerard. Spoilers ahead…

The American Dream
In Twin Peaks it is said aloud that we live inside a dream. This is certainly true in many ways. The characters inside Twin Peaks are living inside a television play for instance. A fake reality, portrayed by actors. It’s also the surreal dream that the artist/director David Lynch, is dreaming up as he shoots the scenes and tries to work by intuition. Of course this is also co-writer Mark Frost’s dream. But maybe most important for this analysis, Twin Peaks is resembling the current state of the American dream. It’s the old American dream that still features the lore of cowboys and Indians, the familiar landscape, all kinds of modern freedoms and the hope of making it big. This is almost all resembled by the great use of the Las Vegas location: a town of hopes and dreams built from electricity in the old desert landscape. This time however, as Cooper again enters our modern-day world, it seems that the dream has gone South. It is still all-American but the dream as a set of values, has been taken over by something else. The ideals and morality of the old American dream are now on the decline and the people don’t just prosper anymore. It seems that, even within the normal family structure, materialism has taken over from idealism. We will find corruption, conspiracy and suffering. The old American dream now has cracks and dark spots in it. It’s twisted, but luckily still with some heartwarming characters that we root for.

Like I said in the introduction, Lynch is great at setting the stage for this new season. He is great at looking at the meta-situation of the show, the medium of TV and the change of time. He’s making Cooper and the viewer, both into Dougie this time. Dougie, who finds himself in a ‘9 till ‘5 job as an insurance agent with a goofy suit. Now asleep in a modern day world of people trying just to get by. Lynch is deliberately not giving us the old Cooper back in this plot line (for this reason I will call the green-suited character ‘Dougie’ and not Cooper). Luckily Dougie is guided by Philip Gerard, the one armed man from the lodge. Philip magically appears into Dougie’s living room. Just like he is magically appearing in our living rooms through the changing image on our television screen. He is addressing Dougie / the viewer, by looking right into the camera and repeatedly chanting “You have to wake up“, “Wake up“, “Wake up“. But what do we have to wake up from? And to what reality? Like most of Lynch’s work, this question has multiple layers of truth inside it…

Dream processing reality
The original Twin Peaks was this microcosm and symbolic stand-in for America. With all it’s references from politics like Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy to stars like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. We can see references in the old show to TV soap opera itself, Ben & Jerry’s, Bob’s Big Boy, the Wizard of Oz, small town police, the FBI, conspiracy’s, corruption, gambling, prostitution, drugs like cocaine and pharmaceuticals and of course the American mythology of cowboys and Indians. Twin Peaks made this all into an actualized Television dream for the American mass audience to watch. To undergo it, every week as a ritual. Now with the third season this American Dream is updated, it is the ultimate contemporary American Dream for this age.

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The new American Dream, still referencing the mythology of the “Cowboys and Indians”

With all of the above references, we can see how important cultural and political events are to Twin Peaks. It is definitely linked to actual events, places and names from the real world. Within these plots and references there was also an intense mystery arc of Laura Palmer’s death. This central mystery was presented in the original series and looked at even more with the film ‘Fire walk with me‘. It’s story arc of domestic horror cut so deeply, that it transcended all comic, surreal and pop-cultural themes of the otherwise often lighthearted soap opera.

This was a true dark underbelly. A thing that was not only hidden within the show and town of Twin Peaks, but also within our culture. For a mainstream 90’s TV show, the way of discovery and final identity of the killer, was shocking. It was also coupled by an eerie feeling that somehow everyone in town was complicit in a way. That on some level everyone knew all along. Laura, this perfect homecoming queen had all kinds of problems and was manipulated by adults around her. She for example was provided with drugs and fell into prostitution. She could not be saved from the horrors at home, yet still was adored by everyone on some level. This is a topic that David Lynch has gotten many many letters on. Letters from women for example, saying they not only can identify with the character of Laura Palmer, but realized a similar thing is going on with them in their personal situation [1]. The strong content within the series and film of Twin Peaks is of course all very gruesome, but as we will see further on, it might also be a cathartic function of what Lynch is doing with his television dream.

Updating American mythology and identity
It is with the horror and death of Laura Palmer that Twin Peaks transcends, I believe. The series draws you calmly in and takes you deeper and deeper into the mystery. Revealing the cycle of Laura’s destiny, ending with the beautiful redemption we get to see at the end of the horror that is ‘Fire walk with me’. David Lynch is lifting this, at first melodramatic soap arc of domestic abuse, up into a greater emotional depth with the reveal of the killer and with the horror and redemption of ‘Fire walk with me’. He is slowly lifting the low-art elements into high-art, and cliche’ed soap motifs into our reality. He is making an artwork that reveals the deeper truths of the culture and even goes beyond truth, into the subconscious and touches some root of man’s evil with the Bob and lodge plot line. It seems that the deepest truths, are often found in the surreal moments, or artful abstractions.

With Bob, the viewer can choose to believe that this is a fantasy element in a story about ghosts. But Bob is also a real force of corruption and damage within people. Leland abuses his daughter and became this abuser when he himself, at a young age, fell victim. This happened at his grandparents house by a neighbor. This neighbor prayed on the young Leland, like he is doing with Laura. This damaged Leland in such a big way, that he is now doing it to Laura. This force called Bob, wants to also be in Laura. The damage done to young Laura will potentially make her into the abuser, where it not that she sacrificed herself before it could completely corrupt her. Trying to end the circle of pain and suffering in her family. It is through a ghost story that the viewers in the 90’s could decide what deeper truth to pick up on, or to reject.

It is in this sense, that David Lynch goes even further than the symbolic stand-in for America. He is actually psycho-analyzing American culture and “What is in the air” as he would put it. He is exposing and also creating (as great art can do) an outlet and abstract understanding for the viewer. Making this all into the dream of the audience. Giving them a strong distinction between good and evil within a symbolic order, to make sense of this chaotic modern-time world. In Twin Peaks we know who we want to be. We can see how much joy it can bring if we behave like the good guys. How much light there is in the good, and how dark the bad can get. We see that in the end, the bad doesn’t pay off. I believe that with all of this, Lynch is updating the identity and mythology of American culture. Bringing back some moral values, exposing some real troublesome behavior. He is inserting some truths into the narrative of the dream, like we eventually saw with the revealing of Laura’s death.

So, what’s in the air?
Let’s now look in what way David Lynch is telling us something about the current world state of 2017. What is possibly hidden as a mystery in the deep dark underbelly of this time? To do this, of course we cannot ignore what happened on 9/11/2001. We live, after all, in the world and dream that was created by the events that happened that day, no matter what you believe about this date. The entire world state changed in a geopolitical sense and in a cultural sense, certainly for America. The event opened the gates for the “War on Terror”, a global war on terrorism that America is still fighting all over the world [2]. It is interesting that the events of 9/11 happened in that gap that Twin Peaks wasn’t there. In the original series we could see that Lynch believes, or at least portrays, an image of good old traditional law enforcement. From the lovely characters at the local police office and a helpful sheriff, to the 100% good guy of Dale Cooper at the FBI. If the third season wasn’t made, I would probably always wonder “What would Cooper think about 9/11?”. He was into the JFK assassination after all. His work is to uncover hidden plot’s and mysteries with his great sense of intuition. Now that we have our third season, I think I can show you what he would think and do about it….

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The Sheriff is making an arrest, pointing his gun towards the building of the insurance company. He is pointing Dougie, who doesn’t even know where his job is located, to the scene of the crime.

Seven-up!
It was my intuition that suddenly poked me up from my seat as I was re-watching the third season one year later. It was at the scene where Dougie first goes to his job. He stands in the elevator of the Lucky 7 insurance company and Phil Bisby presses the elevator button while he is cheerfully making an explosion sound after saying “Seven-Up!”. To make this explosion sound in an elevator headed to the top of an office building, with some other random colleagues present, seemed kind of unnatural or even inappropriate. If you follow this scene into the revealing plot line, you know that Dougie is revealing a conspiracy that involved arson. Dougie’s colleague, Anthony Sinclair (played by Tom Sizemore), want’s to convince the head of the insurance company that there was no arson, and that a building just burned down by accidental or outside causes. We already know that Dougie was right about the conspiracy, that Anthony was lying and that there was arson involved. As we learn at the end of this story arc, Anthony Sinclair was involved with a giant crime ring operation, partly overseen by Duncan Todd, but probably running up even higher. They let Anthony pin this arson on the Mitchum brothers, who have the image (probably rightly so) of being gangsters.

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Dougie touching the circle in the Lucky 7 logo, which has a great resemblance to the 7 WTC logo. (We will see why this is important down below)

Now, I was never really into all the details of the 9/11 conspiracies. But I do follow David Lynch’s work and opinions for a very long time, and I knew that he did not believe the official story of what happened that day, just like myself. If you check out the footnotes below this article, I will point you to two interviews and a transcript, [3] and [4], in which Lynch will talk about his skepticism. If we look deeper at the elements from Twin Peaks that we have so far, we can see condensed into one single episode, the following:

The cowboy/sheriff statue reminds Dougie of authority, justice, the folklore of America and his former lifelong passion of being an American law-enforcement man. This statue is standing tall and strong, firmly pointing his gun against the building of the lucky 7 insurance company. He is making an arrest. So this is not only pointing Dougie to where his job is. This is pointing the Cooper inside, to where the injustice and scene of the crime is. Then we get the elevator scene. A small detail, that I don’t want to rely on too much, is that the clock in front of the elevator is pointing out two numbers. Did you catch which numbers? The clock is pointing out 9 and 11. Then we get the “Seven-Up!” reference with an explosion sound in a tall building’s elevator. If we get to the front desk of the office we can see the Lucky 7 logo, which is referencing the 7 WTC logo (see the comparing images above). This is very important because the 7 WTC building is one of the main things that David Lynch is always pointing out. It’s the key to his skepticism. The 7 WTC building is important because no plane has ever hit it, and yet it still collapsed like a demolition. The conspiracy connection here, is that they “Blew up” the 7 WTC building. That is why “Seven-up!” with the explosion sound that Phil is making in an elevator of a large office building, is a reference to it.

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Politics Freedom T-Shirt, designed by z247, found on: teepublic.com

I’m not making the 7-up reference up myself, and maybe neither is Lynch, because I found multiple references on the internet to it. For instance this political protest T-Shirt that features the 7-up logo with a bomb. The name of the shirt is “WTC7 T-Shirt” and the description by the designer reads “Controlled Demolition”. Okay, back to the official story of 9/11. The official story is saying that the 7 WTC building collapsed due to fire, naturally caused by the surrounding buildings [5]. The Wikipedia entry for the 7 World Trade Center building, is saying this:

The collapse made the old 7 World Trade Center the first tall building known to have collapsed primarily due to uncontrolled fires, and at the time, the only steel skyscraper in the world to have collapsed due to fire.” 

This official story is sometimes hard to believe if you look at the location of the 7 WTC building [6]. It is outside the World Trade Center Plaza, away from the Twin Towers, separated by a big main road. Also this official story outright contradicts what owner Larry Silverstein said about the building on tape, namely: “We had to pull it” [7].
Whatever you personally believe, we have to establish that David Lynch is not believing the official story and that this is a striking resemblance with the “Arson vs natural causes” of the Lucky 7 insurance plot line. What’s also similar to the 9/11 conspiracy theories, is that the Lucky 7 conspiracy of Twin Peaks runs up very high. Remember that Anthony Sinclair later goes up to the police station and outright questions a detective on how he can poison Dougie. This detective is then joined by another detective, that’s also involved in the same conspiracy, and they shortly question if Anthony is able to handle this. Also Bushnell Mullins, Dougie’s boss, has to admit that “This is disturbing, to say the least!” and that he believes the multiple hits on Dougie’s life have to do with the conspiracy.

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David Lynch on the 7 WTC building, from an interview on Dutch TV

Lucky Larry
If we completely unpack the name of the Lucky 7 insurance company, we get even more connections. The ‘7’ from the logo is not only striking a resemblance to the 7 WTC logo. There is also the ‘insurance’ part of the name, that has very interesting connections to the WTC case. We will have to look at the owner, Larry Silverstein, to understand who exactly is lucky here and why the insurance part will uncover a “Follow the money” trail.
First there is Larry himself and both his son Roger and daughter Lisa, who were not in their WTC offices the day of the attack and were never investigated by the 9/11 Commission. It’s important to note that Larry had to be there to meet new tenants for the building, but pretty last-minute decided not to go [8]. This incredible story of personal luck, that you can view in the video at [8], is why he got known as “Lucky Larry” in the media. Also Larry’s company had over 200 employees and lost 4 people that day, of which two were only recently hired as temps [9]. Secondly it seems that the 7 WTC building had illegal asbestos insulation, just like the rest of the WTC buildings [10]. This asbestos all had to be removed, costing a large amount of money, or the buildings would eventually have to be torn down.

Thirdly, owner Larry Silverstein purchased both the landlord rights of the site and insured himself in a policy protecting against terrorist-attacks, just weeks before the attack itself. His claim was to get double the money from the insurance, because of two planes hitting the WTC buildings. This is interesting, because this claim was leading to an amount of 7 Billion dollars [11]. This connects to the Lucky 7 company again, because of the ‘7’ and Bushnell also doubling down on the insurance claim at the end. This doubling down of Larry Silverstein is mimicked when Bushnell says: “Bushnell Double Down” in specific regards to the insurance claim. Lynch is underlining this phrase of Bushnell, who presents it with great enthusiasm. It’s not just a random character expression but it’s a tagline that will stick with the viewer. I think that Lynch is connecting several things at this moment that are present in this specific plot line that has to do with insurance fraud.

On the surface level of plot it relates to Bushnell’s time in the ring as a boxer and to his now doubling down on the insurance claim. If we look closer at all the connections I made, and will continue to make, we can see there are some deeper reasons why Lynch is emphasizing this. The phrase is starting to resonate with the doubling down of Silverstein and his jackpot amount of money, to the Silver Mustang Casino that is involved in the plotline and to the two towers (Twin Towers) that went down. It was a “Double Down” of two planes hitting the two towers, which allowed Silverstein to make double the money [11].

On a side note it’s also interesting that Dougie seems to repeat “Bushnell Dumb-dumb”.
I personally think this gigantic luck that Larry is having, is short-term profit but on the long-term making him seem very suspicious and unlikable to the public. It’s probably bad for his karma and conscious. This could be why Dougie marks the doubling down as a double ‘dumb-dumb’. Dougie seems to be connected to a deeper form of intuition, instead of the normal rationality we use in everyday life. He is never plotting, calculating or thinking about any gain. His intuition seems to casually mark the doubling down of Bushnell, which is referencing the Silverstein claim, as a dumb move. So, in conclusion to the name of the company, it seems that Lynch is referencing the following parts of this equation: WTC7 + Lucky Larry + 7 Billion Insurance claim = ‘Lucky 7 Insurance Company’. Let’s continue, because there are way more clues that Lynch has left for us…

Case files
As Dougie is back home with Janey-E, he will eventually sit down with the case files. The first thing he does is to reach out with his hand and go for the circle-part of the logo with his pointing finger. If you can re-watch the scene: look very careful at the motion he is making with his pointing finger. Dougie is only touching the seven within the circle, he motions his pointing finger carefully over the seven from the bottom, making the angle, and then to the most outer left end of the seven. So from the very beginning we have Dougie looking at the still unopened case file and he is straight away pointing out the most important part to the viewer. The seven within the circle is the same seven that makes the connection to the 7 WTC logo (see the image comparison from earlier). The next thing we will see, is Dougie looking at the now opened case file. When Dougie looks at this casefile, Philip Gerard will appear in his living room. Philip is looking at Dougie (and also at the camera/viewer) saying “You… have to… wake up.” “Wake up.”

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Philip addressing the viewer to “Wake up”. After Dougie sees this, he becomes ‘the arm’ of the one armed man. Guided by the lodge on the insurance forms, he points out the conspiracy.

Wake up
Within the normal text of the Dougie plot line, this is referring to Cooper’s sleep-state and the memory loss. He has to wake up from this Dougie-state, and become Agent Cooper again, regaining his memories. Within the subtext of the scene, however, it is referring to the hidden plot line of the 7 WTC connections. “Waking up”, “Awakened” or being “Woke” is someone that has become knowledgeable of the truth. Someone that has his or her’s eyes unveiled and is no longer part of the sleeping masses. It is important to note that Philip Gerard appears and says this, right when Dougie has his case file opened. Straight after the event of Philip appearing, Dougie looks back to the case file and is then guided by the lodge (Philip) to make connections on the forms. These are the exact connections that will awaken Bushnell Mullins to the conspiracy that is going on. Here a direct connection is made between the ‘Waking up’ chant of Philip, and the conspiracy plot within the insurance company that he is then showing to Dougie.

It is interesting that we will now see Dougie literally serving as “The arm” of the one-armed man that is leading him from the lodge. We can see this especially from Dougie’s uncontrolled, big gestures as the arm is moving the pencil and Dougie’s looking away. It’s Dougie who is now partly a vessel for the lodge. He will intuit the connections being made on the form. He will firmly say to his boss later on “Make sense of it”. So the elements of addressing the viewer straight in the camera, with “wake up” is in this scene being connected to the conspiracy on the forms we see straight after. This is creating the message that the viewer has to wake up to this conspiracy.

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‘Rancho Rosa’ is connected to the ‘Red Room’. We can see this in names like ‘Sycamore Street’ at the ‘Lancelot Court’. There’s also the red door and I spotted at least two owls. Philip Gerard, who is in the lodge, can appear at free will. Interestingly, we also see Sonny Jim crying in reverse. The traumatized woman from the image above is also crying out something in reverse. Again the red connects it to the lodge, where they speak backwards.

Yes, it’s true that the Cooper inside of Dougie also needs to wake up when you first watch this season. But if you go deeper than this surface level of the plot, and focus on literal meanings within the scene’s, you will get the feeling that Dougie himself is already guided by the lodge and by his sheer intuition. He points out all the crucial details for us to witness from the get-go. The one that has to wake up beyond the narrative level of the soap-opera, is you the viewer. Philip Gerard is saying it to you all this time, addressing you directly. And Dougie is literally pointing all the details out to you. With his finger he goes over the seven. With his words he chooses things like “Call for help”“He’s lying”, “Case files”“Make sense of it” and “Help Dougie”. It is also important to note, that Dougie is not just sitting in the kitchen, but in the living room. Philip Gerard appears magically within an overlapping screen in Dougie’s living room. This is just like the television screens we are watching, he is appearing in all the living rooms of the viewers, through the magic of broadcasting and Lynch’s messaging. We all get the same hypnotic vision of the chanting Philip as Dougie. We see it from this same first-person view.

Stairs up in the air, explosions and downfalls
These connections Dougie is making on the forms have to do with names, damage, beneficiaries and probably some details in the reports that will point to arson instead of innocent accidental causes. But not only that, Dougie is making an artwork out of the scribbles and connections he’s making. Yes, admittedly it looks like childish or primitive art, but this is important nonetheless. The art, lines and motions he is making, following the small dot of light (from the lodge), are creating important symbolic images. These symbols all have to do with 9/11 in an abstract and symbolic way. We have two kinds of images Dougie is making on the form. First we have ladders and stairs going up into the air (which symbolizes the stairs and towers) and then we have downfall motions and explosions (the explosions and falling of the towers).

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After Philip says “Wake up” to the viewer, we see Dougie drawing ladders and stairs going up into the air, coupled with explosions and downfalls

Important to note, is that the stairs and ladders are in-between the falling motion, so that they are located inside the trajectory of the falling motion (the building). They are not just randomly on the page and not under or above the trajectory of the collapsing building. These are the high steps you take when you go up in the tower. If you look at the second form Dougie is handling, you straight away see the light dot from the lodge starting to fall, mimicking the iconic images of the buildings collapsing down to the ground. Dougie is not only just following this line but he first draws an explosion on the top and then makes the falling movement downwards. After he reaches the bottom of the page (the building reaching the ground) he makes another bigger explosion, heavily motioning the pencil with his arm. At the end we see him pointing out Anthony Sinclair on the form, because Anthony has handled the claim and is covering up the fraud. After this we get another form with a ladder and stairs going upward and then a falling motion ended by an explosion.

The broader picture
We have now taken a pretty in-depth look at the case files and specific details of the Lucky 7 conspiracy. As you can see, all these details have great similarities to the 7 WTC building and the insurance case of Silverstein. The cryptic details that Lynch underlines and the broader connections are in my opinion, if all added up, not a coincidence anymore. I think with all of this Lynch is making a very strong connection to the facts surrounding building 7. Whatever you may think of these facts. I know this has been a touchy subject and that a lot of people probably have a resistance based on the title of this article alone. A lot of people read this word ‘conspiracy’, and are conditioned not to go any further. It’s a label we get for thinking and investigating outside the provided narrative. Personally, I think we have to be more like Dougie. Not be afraid. Think of him when he called out Anthony Sinclair in that first meeting. Dougie did go against the grain. He called out the so-called number one best agent within the firm, for being a lair. The people around him not able or not interested to see this deception right under their noses. Dougie got in trouble with Bushnell and was put to the test because of his remark.

Okay, let’s now take one final step back and look at the broader connection that is presented to us. If we look at the ‘meta’ of the situation, I think we can notice something else that is interesting. Dougie is expressing the evidence, that will wake Bushnell up to the conspiracy, in the form of art. This is the same as David Lynch is doing to the viewer. He is a surrealist filmmaker and also a painter. Dougie’s drawings share a similar quality, like a lot of Lynch’s drawings and paintings, to primitive art and children’s drawings.
It is in this sense interesting that Bushnell tells Dougie, to keep it under wraps in the beginning. This because of the size and implications of the conspiracy. The art of Dougie, is resembling the way Lynch is packaging hidden meanings within his artwork that is Twin Peaks. In this way the ‘Dougie’ from the show and title of this article, is a stand-in for Lynch. If we “Make sense of it” like Dougie said, we can also conclude (Just like Bushnell) that this is disturbing, to say the least. For a piece of art to make “sense”, we can analyze it in relation to the ‘Zeitgeist’ of it’s culture and the surrounding politics, like we have been doing with all of the above. Then we can see the artwork making correlations with our real world.

Don’t forget David Lynch was also obsessed with the O.J. Simpson case. He revealed that the details, questions and psychological impacts of this actual event, where a big inspiration for Lost Highway [12]. There is a similar mechanism happening with Mulholland Drive, that relates it to darkness in real-life. This is a movie that talks about the dark underbelly of Hollywood: the movie making system that seems to devour people whilst creating dreams and illusions to attract new ones. This has been brought to light in real life again with several #Metoo scandals, but it was always there. Lynch is aware of this “dark Hollywood” for a long time in my opinion. It’s no coincidence that the collaboration between Lynch and Frost, that led to Twin Peak’s Laura Palmer, started with a project on the mysteries, conspiracies and sad death of film-star Marilyn Monroe. This shows us that Lynch is thinking about these actual events and processing them in an abstract way into his art. Making them universal and timeless.

I completely understand that David Lynch is an artist first, and not a political person. He did not make Twin Peaks to make political statements. He is just in awe of the idea, and tries to keep true to it. But let’s think about where these ideas (or fish, like Lynch calls them), are coming from. They are coming from the air, all the events in time, the ‘ether’, the so called Zeitgeist. This same Zeitgeist that is filled with all the signals and consequences of the post-9/11 world that we live in. David Lynch is not living in a vacuum. We can clearly see these things are bothering him and affecting him in an undeniable way [3]. In this sense I think we can see him processing skepticism of the 9/11 grand narrative, inside Twin Peaks. This grand narrative is falling apart, just like the illusion of the old American dream. Lynch is, like I said in the beginning, inserting truth into the narrative, identity and dream that is called America. His thinking does not lead to political action or to scientific proofs. His thinking and processing takes place within his art. He chooses to let it play out in symbols. This method comes natural to him, I believe, and also avoids the trouble and stigma’s that come with being shunned as an outright conspiracy theorist. He taps into the potential power of art, that can bring across messages over time, sometimes subconsciously, for later generations to pick up on.

Footnotes:

[1] Interview on Youtube  – Beginning at the 32:30 mark.

[2] Wikipedia page on the War on Terror
A war launched by the US, directly after 9/11, still being fought all over the world.

[3] Below, a transcript of David Lynch being skeptical on 9/11’s official story:
(Here is the source interview, around 10:40 mark)

“(…) those things, for me, that bother me:

– The hole in the Pentagon being too small for a plane
– The lawn isn’t mussed up, and…
– The Government not showing the plane hitting,
when many cameras photographed it.
– At the World Trade Center, three buildings came down like demolition,
and two of them were hit by a plane.
– For the third one (WTC 7) they said “you want us to pull it?” and they
pulled it and it looked just like the other two. Those things bother me.
– In Pennsylvania the plane that went down, it was just a hole in the ground. There wasn’t any wreckage, there weren’t any skid marks,

there weren’t any tears in the earth, and no one has ever really found out about that.
So at every place, there are questions coming from this documentary (Loose Change).  And you don’t have to believe everything in the documentary to still have questions come up. And you look back, and you remember what you saw, and what you were told, and now you have questions. (…) Now it’s just an event that has many questions, and no answers. (…) It’s too big for people to think about. It’s too big. It’s like something no one wants to think about.”   

[4] David Lynch on 9/11 from Alex Jones

[5] The official story on 7 WTC building

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

“On September 11, 2001, the structure was damaged by debris when the nearby North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. The debris also ignited fires, which continued to burn throughout the afternoon on lower floors of the building. The building’s internal fire suppression system lacked water pressure to fight the fires, and the building collapsed completely at 5:21:10 pm.” 

[6] Map of WTC 7, from Wikipedia

[7] We had to pull it – Larry Silverstein

[8] Larry Silverstein skipping work on 9/11 – Beginning at the 01:14 mark

[9] Source – from Linkedin page

[10] On the incredible amounts of asbestos in the air, on 9/11: https://www.asbestos.com/world-trade-center/

And, also a report covering why there was so much asbestos:

“The WTC Towers were built from 1968 to 1972. A slurry mixture of asbestos and cement was sprayed on as fireproofing material. But this practice was banned by the New York City Council in 1971. This halted the spraying, but not before hundreds of tons of the material had been applied. Some but not all of it was later removed in an abatement program.”
– Report by the Arnold & Porter law firm

[11] Double Down – Larry Silverstein seeking double payment on insurance claim

[12] Lost Highway’s O.J. Simpson connections

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