Conversations with Mark Frost: Twin Peaks, Hill Street Blues, and the Education of a Writer

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Fayetteville Mafia Press, Mar 10, 2020 - Hill Street blues (Television program) - 304 pages
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Mark Frost, co-creator of both the original Twin Peaks and The Return, is often lost in the shadow of co-creator David Lynch in the eyes of critics and scholars -- one newspaper even called him the "Other Peak." In fact, Frost played at least as crucial a role in developing the narrative, mythology, and aesthetic of what has come to be revered as one of the most artful and influential shows ever to air on television. This book, comprising a series of interviews with Frost over the course of a single year, finally and fully acknowledges the extent of Frost's contributions not only to those series, but also to American television in general, as a writer/producer on Hill Street Blues and other shows, and as a mentor to numerous other writers. The book traces the arc of his entire life and career, from his boyhood days in New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, to his nascent playwriting career in Pittsburgh, to his days as a writer at Universal TV's famed factory of the seventies, to his work on Hill Street Blues alongside such industry titans as Steven Bochco and David Milch, to his multiple collaborations with the famously enigmatic Lynch. Conversations with Mark Frost " deconstructs that legendary partnership, while at the same time exploring Frost's values, influences, thematic preoccupations, and approach to creating art -- for the screen, the stage, and the printed page -- as well as his thoughts about such topics as politics, extraterrestrial live, ethics, and the future of the human race. The book is presented in Q+A form, so that readers get to hear all this from Frost himself. So pull up a chair at the Double R and grab some coffee, pie, and conversation.

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Excellent questions that provoke thoughtful and generous answers of a caring writer. Read full review

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About the author (2020)

David Bushman is a longtime television curator at The Paley Center for Media and an adjunct professor of media at colleges in the New York area. He is the author of Twin Peaks FAQ: All That's Left to Know About a Town Both Wonderful, among other titles.

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