Twin Peaks

Why Not Everything Is a Reboot (Except Everything Kind of Is)

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In his 1996 book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken pauses a story to explain why, contrary to the impending observations and celebrations, the first day of the new millennium would not be January 1, 2000, but January 1, 2001. “The first year of the new century was the year one, not the year zero, so the first year of the new millennium will be 2001, not 2000. I’ve been trying to explain this to people for years, but no one will listen.” He imagines himself in Times Square on New Years Eve, 1999, raining on everyone’s parade, “A thankless job, but someone will have to do it.” It’s a relatable passage, not just because Franken was right (though he was), but because it captures the frustration of feeling like you’re the only person talking sense in the face of an erroneous cultural assumption. The way Franken felt in 1996 about the starting date of the 21st century is how I feel now whenever people label things reboots that clearly, clearly, are not.
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The Revealing First Entries in 10 Fictional Diaries

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Marilyn Monroe made the character Lorelei Lee famous after her portrayal of the diamond-loving gold-digger in the 1953 Howard Hawks musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But author Anita Loos, who was born on this day, invented the outrageous blonde in her 1925 Jazz-Age novel of the same name. Written in the form of Lorelei’s diary, spelling mistakes and all, Loos captures the character’s personality and obsession with wealth and status in the opening entry. These other fictional diaries are equally telling, revealing powerful themes and insights into each character from the very first page. It’s also fascinating to see how the diary format has often been relied upon to express the inner world of fictional women throughout literature.
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10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets

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Every time we think we’re ready to dismiss M. Night Shyamalan, he reels us back in. The trailer for the filmmaker’s new producing project Wayward Pines debuted this week. If Shyamalan’s The Village and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made creepy babies, they would probably look something like this TV series. The show is centered on Matt Dillon’s character, “an outsider and Secret Service agent into the depths of the strange little town, as he becomes increasingly aware of its evil underpinnings. He’s aided in his discoveries by a typically rebellious Juliette Lewis.” Since we love a good show about a small town with dark secrets, here are ten other TV towns that have something to hide.
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