Counter Esperanto Podcast: Tangents About Twin Peaks
By Karl, Jubel, Divers and Hands
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Tangents that mostly issue from the Pacific North-West town of Twin Peaks
||Ep. No. 24: The 17th Secret or “A Question and Some Answers”||“I have a question for you. Apologies, it’s a bit of a long one, but I think I’m going to need to unpack it a bit. Okay. So you love Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie. I want to talk a little bit more about the Eerie,||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. No. 23: The 16th Secret: Rob King and the Questions Ten||This week, Rob King of 25 Years Later joins us in a non-synchronous, phase-shifted, pan-dimensional interview. Not to worry, we’ll still throw more tangents per minute than any other podcast of this type! (what type are we again?) Apology: Diane,||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. No. 22: The 15th Secret: “Season Two, Episode One”||We’re back! Back in the Twin Peaks zone… Some Notes on the 15th Secret of Counter Esperanto: How is Red like a courtly fool? Why is China back in the Twin Peaks Narrative? Will we say something about infiltration?||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. No. 21 — The Seventh Song: “Horror at Harold House”||Here’s something a little different… It used to be that the dark of the year was the time to tell each other ghost stories, and so this particular song would not be out of place with it’s six fellows. Yet, it is very different indeed,||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep. No. 20 — The 14th Secret: Folklore of (and in) Twin Peaks||The holidays are holiday-rific as they say, and their multi-spectral horror and insane blandishments have had certain “insalubrious” effects upon your humble hosts. Rallying against this tinseled terror, we present for your hopeful approval,||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP No. 19 — The 6th Song: “The Beast of Averoigne by Clark Ashton Smith”||"No Stars"||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||EP No. 18 — The 13th Secret: “What year is it anyway?”||In their first post-finale podcast about Twin Peaks: The Return, Karl and Jubel begin what will surely be the long task of parsing out what the hell just happened. Setting aside the cross-textual analysis for the most part,||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||EP No. 17 — The 12th Secret: “or… ‘Technical Difficulties: Being a Cadenza in Several Parts for Resonator and Atom Bomb'”||After some major technical issues, your intrepid hosts are back and talking about Twin Peaks: The Return, with a focus on Parts 9 through 12. True to form, we live up to the “tangents” part of our title, talking about everything from the intricaci||8/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Fifth Song: “From Beyond”||An overarching theme of The Weird is that some knowledge is–or should be–forbidden. That seeing into the abyss means that it’s denizens may see you, reach you, touch you… and do worse than see and touch. In various ways,||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The 11th Secret: “A Beginning is a Very Delicate Time…”||Today, ladies and gentlemen, we will concentrate on “Eight”. The 8th installment of Twin Peaks: The Return, we feel, will be looked on as the beginning of a new thing in the world of Television. It is also the best information we have today about th||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The 10th Secret: The Return||In this episode, we wrestle with the awesome beauty and genius of David Lynch’s triumphant Return to Twin Peaks by way of Buckhorn South Dakota, Philadelphia and… New. York. City? We won’t get a rope, but we will explore what is in The Box!||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Ninth Secret: Almost 25 Years later…||It’s hard to believe that we have already made it to the 9th secret of Counter Esperanto, and because 9 is a magic number we talk a lot about magic this time. The magic of 25 years ago and the anticipated magic of next week. The power of poetry,||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Fourth Song: “The Music of Erich Zann”||The Music of Erich Zann is a haunting reminiscence of a place found outside the normal rules of society, order and physics. Something exists behind the high wall that only Erich Zann can see over. Does he long to see?||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Eighth Secret: Weird Outlooks||For artists, their outlook of the world can be expressed in the form of discrete symbol systems, and in this way artists are likely to refer to their art as their children. For this is true in a partially incestuous way.||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Third Song: The Horla||The Horla is all about a creature from “outside” that causes a previously good and sane person to doubt their sanity, indulge in actions of questionable moral turpitude and ultimately make a terrible choice with unknown consequences. Sound familiar||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Seventh Secret, or Our Tribute to Laura Palmer||She is the reason that we are first introduced to the town of Twin Peaks, but died before that lonely foghorn first blew. Homecoming Queen and sex worker, murder victim and drug dealer, charity volunteer and thief,||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Sixth Secret, bright with sinuous rills of “Starr Creek”||Nathan Carson is the drummer for Witch Mountain, a Doom Metal band from one of our favorite Twin Peaks adjacent cities, Portland! He’s also (in no particular order) a Twin Peaks fan, a really cool dude, and the author of the Bizarro Fiction novel Sta||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Fifth Secret: Talking Theosophically…||The Key to the Key of Theosophy, a Counter Esperanto joint. Being a mostly Clear, although somewhat muddled Exposition, in the Form of questionable Question and improbable Answer, of the ETHICS, SCIENCE, AND PHILOSOPHY (such as they are) for the Study .||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Second Song: A Christmas Carol (No, not that one)||This ain’t no Star Wars Christmas Special folks. This is Karl Eckler the Elder reading H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Festival“, a story about the Yule-time, which is older than Christmas and fated to survive it.||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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 Detec||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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,||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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,||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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?||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||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),||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Indagative and in-depth
I'm taking time this morning to rate and review the wealth of Twin Peaks podcasts which have added to my experience. Each bring a fresh take on the narrative, the fandom, and the mysteries woven throughout all of it. I am a librarian, fan of the weird, and a born-again Peakie (if that's the correct term). Counter Esperanto broke out with an insightful and engaging look at The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Mark Frost's latest gift to fans in the form of an epistolary novel. I would say that the first episode of this podcast is for the intitiated, but I expect future episodes will broaden the scope of a very welcome conversation on all things strange, cosmically horrific, and the Lynchian arcane.
I’ve really enjoyed this Twin Peaks podcast which takes a completely different approach, relating the seminal 1990s television show and relating it to weird fiction, mythology and the subconscious.
A Must Listen
This is the podcast to make you wish you spoke a litte french.