…audience member explains (to his son?) what D.
Lynch does (in Blue Velvet
or in general?): “what’s underneath. It’s like
everyplace.” Patently untrue. Conventional read of Blue Velvet
/ Twin Peaks
Repeated by the un-thoughtful. Awful-ness reveals itself, be it the awfulness
of a downtown with nothing but chain jewelers and chain coffee shops and a
furrier or a rt. X strip of lighting and appliance stores and car dealerships
and donut shops or the floor of a valley fitted with box stores. The phrase “Blue Velvet
is about.” …audience member
sets up Blue Velvet
(to his friend?
“I’m just glad you were able to come out. I thought I was going to go alone”
) “…on VHS. A long time ago. My brother… an actor… the theater… I
was 16, you can imagine, completely mind-blowing… it really started me being
interested in film… a big ginger ale... to have that experience… I’ve seen it a
few times since… it’s just, like, crazy. No, I’m psyched.”
A frosty-blond woman with a leopard-print coat
will pass in front of me four times.
A crush of beetles crackles.
Father weeps in his hospital bed.
Jeffrey Beaumont “When he discovers a severed ear
in an abandoned field” and ants instead the world abruptly revealed the torso
of Karina Holmer in a dumpster. Jeffrey Beaumont wears an earring. Jeffrey: I
found an ear. Detective Williams: Yes, that’s a human ear alright.
Sandy Williams emerges from shadow pink and blond.
“I just know that’s all” and “It sounds like a good daydream but actually doing
it is dangerous.” The wind and the trees, the long sidewalk. An environment
meant for daytime at night.
The sounds stairs make when left all alone.
How the hall must smell; “it’s this new stuff,
there’s no smell”; like ash cans and industrial carpet.
Television set in Dorothy Vallens’ apartment is
“encased in wood” (29, Nieland).
Horror of, “Do you like me?” I thought I was
involved, that something important was happening to me; instead, the situation
revealed: I am
stupid, ignorant, and
The light is Sandy’s dream. Theater’s speakers
Red roses, red shirts and suspenders, red drapes,
pink and purple neon Slow Club, pink neon This Is It, red carpet, red walls,
Jeffrey’s red car, hot pursuit, prostitute’s pink mini skirt, Dorothy’s red
lips, ruby slippers, Isabella Rossellini and David Lynch at Cannes on the red
carpet and David Lynch’s red box, red-brown robins.
I know what it's like to unlock doors that lead someplace forbidden.