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Conversations With Mark Frost
Conversations With Mark Frost

Conversations With Mark Frost

Twin Peaks, Hill Street Blues, and the Education of a Writer


304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.99 (US $29.99) (CA $39.99)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781949024104

Rights: WOR

Fayetteville Mafia Press (Mar 2020)


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In anticipation of the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of the original Twin Peaks—one of the most resplendent and influential shows in television history—author David Bushman conducted over twenty interviews with Mark Frost in 2018 and 2019; compiled here, those interviews finally acknowledge the extent of Frost's contributions not only to Twin Peaks, but to American television in general  

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.


"Twin Peaks fans will relish the two chapters about the show. Although Frost never comes out and bad-mouthes Lynch, per se, he has some interesting, and some might say negative, things to say about the auteur. And despite the positive facade Frost put on during the promotion leading up to and during the airing of the third season of Twin Peaks, he has some fascinating things to say about what went on behind the scenes, and what went wrong with might be the final season of Twin Peaks." —Ahmed Khalifa, Thoughts of Darkeness

Author Biography

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 and Strange (2016) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Sunnydale's Slayer of Vampires, Demons, and Other Forces of Darkness (2017). He is the editor of The Women of David Lynch and The Women of Amy Sherman-Palladino. He is the co-president of Fayetteville Mafia Press.