The Fourth Secret: Ten Things We Love About Dale Cooper

The detective hero falls into a few quickly identifiable types: There is the tough guy, like Mike Hammer or Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op; the systematic police that shows up on Law & Order or CSI; and of course there is the brainy “Great Detective” embodied in Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. And then there is Dale Cooper.

In a forest of investigator protagonists, FBI Agent Dale Cooper is an oak among evergreens (Douglas Firs, specifically). Herein we run through the top ten (pre-season three) moments that we find wonderful and amazing about our special agent, and comment on their importance and meaning to the two of us at least, and possibly to you as well. As the man himself says, “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange” (S2E18)

The Third Secret: What We Talk About When We Talk About Weird

As promised, this week we take out our microscopes to examine things as they are, and as they might be. Jubel examines Weirdness as a literary and cultural phenomenon, while Karl goes and gets himself lost in the woods… and the mountains, the high plateaus, the river-bottoms, the deserts and mysteries of upper air. No joke, Washington is the only state in the Union that contains all of earth’s major environments, including a Rain Forest, but we investigated that last month along with our locally iconic Tree Octopus.

Psychogeography: is this real or some strange and twisted dream? Personally, I think it’s too Weird.

The First Song: Into the Night, Beside the Lake

Along with the rest of the country, we have been a little too successful at our “Counter Esperanto,” and the heaping plates of Double R Diner Turkey Specials have done us in for yet another year. And yet, in our repletion, we have not forgotten you, gentle listener, and so we offer up this holiday song of sorrow and wonder. A somewhat carnivorous canto in three parts:

  • The Lake” by Edgar Allen Poe, reading by Karl Eckler the Elder.
  • Nyarlathotep” by H.P. Lovecraft, reading by Jubel Brosseau.
  • “Floating into the Night” by Julee Cruise, as covered by Universal Self Awareness.

Counter Esperanto #2 The first mini-episode “Strange Things in the Woods, With Slime”

In this mini-sode, the terrible twosome find traces from nowhere leading into the town of Twin Peaks: impossible octopi and the Fortean “Star Slime” that rains down mysteriously on the just and the unjust alike. No connections, says you? We got your connections right here. Get ’em while they’re still wet and wriggling!

The First Episode of the Counter Esperanto Podcast

The Counter Esperanto Podcast: Tangents about Twin Peaks is the work of Karl Eckler and Jubel Brosseau, and represents their first foray into podcasting about their Weird interests.  This is not a recap podcast (there are plenty of those), spoilers abound as Jubel and Karl discuss the Twin Peaks mythos as a whole, generally working backwards from Mark Frost’s new book The Secret History of Twin Peaks.  This first episode discusses the clues that may be present in the typographic layout of the book, the Archivist’s typewriter, the “Race of giants” coverup mystery, Hawk’s puzzling document, and more.  Future episodes will delve further into this beloved world, Weird history, and Weird fiction.