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Sunday, September 3rd


The Fingernail Letters, 16: The Sleeper Awakens


The Roadhouse sweeper being a metaphor of painting, “Twin Peaks: The Return” unmasked stagecraft is part of a play of mirrors between art, its construction, and its exhibition and ultimate effect on the audience.




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Sunday, September 3rd


The Fingernail Letters, 15: Mothers and Moons


Study of the significance of lunar cycles in “Twin Peaks,” and how this possibly reflects the series’ treatment of gender.




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Sunday, August 27th


The Fingernail Letters, 14: Dougie’s Dream and Dale’s Desengaño


The intertextual significance of “Sunset Boulevard,” electrifying Dale Cooper to action, reinforces a theme of the nebulous boundaries between art and life, and between dreams and waking.




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Sunday, August 20th


The Fingernail Letters, 13: “The Open Air” (Part 2 of 2)


A continuation of the significance of bodily functions in “Twin Peaks,” where scatological reductiveness surprisingly leads to the sublime.




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Saturday, August 19th


The Fingernail Letters, 12: Nature Calling (Part 1 of 2)


“Nothing quite like urinating in the open air,” Agent Cooper said in the original “Twin Peaks,” 26 years ago. And so, in “The Return,” bodily evacuations serve a theme of nature colliding with culture, or materials with ideals. Also it’s funny.




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Sunday, August 6th


The Fingernail Letters, 11: Who’s Afraid of Audrey Horne?
Sherilyn Fenn

The emergence of Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) in Part 12 of “Twin Peaks: The Return” feels like a nod to absurdist playwright Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, magnifying a theme of authorial games the show is having with its characters–and audience.




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Tuesday, August 1st


The Fingernail Letters, 10: Marks of the Ancient Flame


“Twin Peaks: The Return” lovingly quotes other films, and then subverts them, reminding us our own relationship to the images on hand are a crucial variable in Agent Cooper and Laura Palmer’s respective journeys.




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Sunday, July 23rd


The Fingernail Letters, 8: Rancho Rosa Presents the Body as Theater


Beginning with a message from Jerry Horne’s foot and similarities with Roman Polanski’s “The Tenant” (1976), this edition of the Fingernail Letters examines the performers’–and the audience’s–relationship to the bodies on display in “Twin Peaks: The Return.”




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Tuesday, July 4th


The Fingernail Letters, 6: “Of my life.” The Miracle of Dougie Jones


Why Kyle MacLachlan’s Dougie Jones, an avatar of human innocence, is the most joyful, beautiful character in current American movies, pointing to our sympathetic capabilities as viewers.




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Saturday, June 24th


The Fingernail Letters, 5: “A Lovely Turn of Phrase”
Atomic Bomb

“Between two worlds” from the Fire Walk With Me poem not only pertains to the supernatural and secular, the surface countenance and the internal, but also to the literal and symbolic. Forms burst through the safe space of abstraction.




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Sunday, June 18th


The Fingernail Letters, 4: “There they are, Albert. Faces of Stone.”


What is the relationship between the images in “Twin Peaks: The Return” and the reality they represent?




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Wednesday, June 14th


Fingernail Letters, 3: Through a Glass Box Darkly


“The conclusion of the Glass Box sequence is not a Puritanical horror movie trope of unrestrained sexuality being punished. Rather, the monster is summoned by voyeurism.”




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Monday, June 12th


The Fingernail Letters, 2: “Listen to the sounds.”
Cooper

“The false-starts, arbitrary incidents, and dead-ends amounting to a hill of beans are less of a conceit than a leitmotif leading to an overarching theme.”




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Thursday, June 8th


Fingernail Letters, 1: A Twin Peaks Blog (Introduction)


Introduction to a summerlong blog about David Lynch and Mark Frost’s return to “Twin Peaks.”




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Wednesday, March 8th


The Idiot Box – “Feud” Season 1, Episode 1


To kick off his coverage of Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series, Todd O’Dowd breaks down some of the backstory and references in the first episode centering around the legendary feud of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.




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Friday, February 24th


The Kids Are All Right: The High Charms and Low Stakes of “La La Land”
La La Land

A reference in “La La Land” to a little-seen postwar Kurosawa film sheds light on some flaws of this year’s Oscar front-runner; plus a slate of predictions for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.




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Friday, October 7th


In Review: Envision Fall 2016


Beth Hammarlund reviews the 13 collections from the Fall 2016 edition of Envision, the Twin Cities’ longest running fashion show.




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Saturday, October 1st


In Review: FGI Fall into Luxury


Beth Hammarlund reviews the FWMN and FGI event “Fall into Luxury,” a boutique runway show featuring looks from Mona Williams, June and more.




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Monday, September 26th


In Review: I AM Inspired


Beth Hammarlund reviews I Am Inspired, an FWMN event featuring clothing from six local boutiques and art from Caitlin Karolczak.




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Friday, September 23rd


In Review: Matryoshka in Japan


Beth Hammarlund reviews designer Danielle Everine’s latest show, “Matryoshka in Japan,” as part of l’étoile’s FWMN coverage.




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Friday, August 12th


In Review: The 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival


As the revered performance festival winds down, Todd O’Dowd picks the 11 most memorable shows of this year’s festival.




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Friday, May 27th


In Review: The Christians


Walking Shadow Theatre Company achieves a theatrical miracle with its area premiere of Lucas Hnath’s modern day morality play.




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Wednesday, May 25th


In Review: The Glass Menagerie


Theatre Coup d’État triumphs with a hauntingly beautiful and viscerally painful production of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play.




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Wednesday, May 25th


The Niles Files: Born Again
The Christians

An overview of Walking Shadow’s stellar production of “The Christians,” at the Mixed Blood Theater, alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “The Book of Mormon,” currently at the Orpheum, which in tandem dig into a contemporary American spiritual crisis.




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Tuesday, May 10th


In Review – “The Shining”


Minnesota Opera ends its 2015-16 season in triumph with the world premiere of the fantastic and terrifying operatic adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic horror novel.




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Thursday, April 21st


BREAKING: Prince Reported Dead at 57


The multi-Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member was found dead at his studio / home this morning.




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Tuesday, April 12th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 6


This week’s challenge saw the remaining seven queens (and a few friends) go Over The Rainbow with a reading-inspired challenge.




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Thursday, April 7th


In Review: A Tale Twice Told


New Epic Theater takes a huge artistic risk with its presentation of “The Normal Heart” and “Coriolanus” in repertory.




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Tuesday, April 5th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 5


The most beloved challenge in the show’s history leads to one of the weakest episodes in the season.




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Tuesday, March 29th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 4


In this special episode, the girls form New Wave singing groups for the entertainment of two musical legends.




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