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The Women of David Lynch
The Women of David Lynch

The Women of David Lynch

A Collection of Essays

The Women of..


177 Pages, 6.0 x 9.0

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $20.00)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781949024029

Rights: WOR

Fayetteville Mafia Press (Jun 2019)


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David Lynch has been accused for decades of sexism and even misogyny in his work, due largely to frequent depictions of violence against women. Yet others see in Lynch's work the deification of the female, and actresses like Laura Dern and Naomi Watts jump at every opportunity to work with him. "He is the master of the juxtaposition of the creepy and the sweet, the sexual and the chaste," wrote W's Lynn Hirschberg. "And at the heart of this tense, intriguing friction, you will always find Lynch's women." The Women of Lynch is a deep, provocative dive into this paradox, featuring ten essays, thought pieces and impressionistic interpretations of Lynch's depiction of women on screen, by an eclectic array of accomplished female critics, scholars, performers, and writers, each tackling this vexing conundrum in her own unique way. The book also contains an interview with actress Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson in Twin Peaks) where she gives first hand knowledge on what it is like to be a woman of Lynch. Lisa Hession interviews the original woman of Lynch, Charlotte Stewart (Eraserhead, Twin Peaks) about being the actress with longest active span of working with David Lynch.This is the first essay book about the work of David Lynch by all female writers. Readers will enjoy The Women of Lynch: A Collection of Essays.This book contains essays by:x. An Introduction by Philippa Snow1. The Uncanny Electricity of David Lynch's Women by Leigh Kellmann Kolb2. Women's Films: Melodrama and Women's Trauma in the Films of David Lynch by Lindsay Hallam3. A Colorless Sky: On the Whiteness of Twin Peaks by Melanie McFarland4. Warding off the Darkness with Coffee and Pie by Mallory O'Meara5.  "This is where we talk, Shelly." An Interview with Mädchen Amick by Lindsey Bowden6.  Welcome to the Bipolar Silencio Club! by Hannah Klein7. The Triple Goddess by Lauren Fox8. Isabella Rossellini: The Shocking "Real" in Blue Velvet by Kathleen Fleming9.  Tea And Sympathy: Mrs. Kendal and The Elephant Man by Rebecca Paller10. Jade: Ornamental Gem or Protective Talisman? A Character Study by Marisa C. Hayes11. "Mary X Marks The Spot." An Interview with Charlotte Stewart by Lisa Hession12. Impressions of Lynch: Journaling a Requiem by Mya McBriar Edited by David BushmanConcept by Scott RyanFront Cover by Blake MorrowArt by Wayne Barnes & Hannah Fortune

Author Biography

Scott Ryan is the author of The Last Days of Letterman (2018), thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history (2017). He wrote a comic essay book, Scott Luck Stories (2014) about his time as a stay at home dad. He is the editor of The Women of David Lynch (2019), He is the managing editor of the Twin Peaks magazine, The Blue Rose. He is a founding partner of Fayetteville Mafia Press. His writing has been published in The Sondheim Review and Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks (Intellect Press). He wrote and directed the independent films Meet Abby and A Voyage to Twin Peaks . He is the host of the podcasts Red Room Podcast, Scott Luck Stories, and The thirtysomething Podcast. He lives in Columbus, Oh is married and has 4 kids.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).Mädchen Amick is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Shelly Johnson on the culttelevision series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and its revival television series Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). She was also a series regular on Central Park West (1995-1996), Freddie (2005-2006), and Witches of East End (2013-2014). On the big screen she had starring roles in Sleepwalkers (1992) and Dream Lover (1993). She currently portrays Alice Cooper on the drama television series Riverdale (2017–present).Actress Charlotte Stewart created the role of beloved schoolteacher "Miss Beadle" in the popular television series Little House on the Prairie (1974). She has also worked with David Lynch on two occasions, in the cult classic Eraserhead (1977) and the TV series Twin Peaks (1990, 2017). She is the author of "Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl's Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X and Me."Lindsay Hallam is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of East London. She is author of the book Screening the Marquis de Sade: Pleasure Pain and the Transgressive Body in Film (McFarland, 2012) and  Devils Advocates - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Auteur Press, 2018). She has contributed to the collections Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), Dracula's Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film (Scarecrow Press, 2013), Fragmented Nightmares: Transnational Horror Across Visual Media (Routledge, 2014), Critical Insights: Violence in Literature (Salem Press, 2014), and the journals Asian Cinema, Senses of Cinema, 16:9, Cine-Excess and Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies.Melanie McFarland is the TV Critic for Prior to that was IMDb's TV Editor and the TV critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, serving on the 2004 and 2005 juries for American Film Institute's 10 Most Outstanding TV Programs of the Year. McFarland also served on the Board of the George Foster Peabody Awards between 2006 and 2012 and has been featured as an expert on CNN, NPR, American Public Media, and the BBC. She has been a member of the Television Critics Association since 2003. Her work has appeared in The Oregonian, the Chicago Tribune,, Rotten Tomatoes and Variety.Born in Portsmouth in 1976, Lindsey Bowden moved to London and graduated drama school in 2000 and worked as an actress before turning her hand to producing. With several producing credits under her belt, Lindsey created the Twin Peaks UK Festival in 2010, the only officially licenced Twin Peaks event in the UK which is now in its 10th year. Lindsey's first book Damn Fine Cherry Pie, the Twin Peaks inspired cookbook was published in November 2016 and she is currently working on a collection of short stories and her first children's book as well as more immersive events for