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A Deeply Unsettling Look at How to Make Twin Peaks Iced Tea

Damn fine work, Steve.

June 23, 2015


Sometimes the Internet’s strangest haunts are its oldest. Forums like 4chan and Something Awful have served as home for the grotesque and the sublimely bizarre — that winning combination used so effectively in pretty much every David Lynch film — in roughly equal measures since the late ’90s and early ’00s.

It’s no surprise, then, that we recently happened upon one savvy YouTube user’s way to make the Deep Internet a bit more Lynchian:

Steve Sutton, the BOB-like instructor and lover of iced tea, has been posting videos to the Something Awful forum for years, and he’s got the YouTube account to prove it. In fact, it’s somewhat surprising no one had thought of the unholy combination of Sutton and Lynch earlier. Sutton has a slow, hyper-enunciated cadence with just a touch of Georgian drawl, which seems right up Lynch’s alley of weird Americana. And while nearly all of Sutton’s actions are incredibly mundane, the intensity of his gaze — the one lazy eye floating behind Coke-bottle lenses — is deeply unsettling. The camera emphasizes this as well, with tight shots on tiny details panning slowly, shakily out.

In a 1996 essay on Lynch’s Lost Highway, David Foster Wallace attempts to define the term Lynchian as one that “refers to a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former’s perpetual containment within the latter.” Sutton’s language hits that rusted nail right on its head. “Iced tea — that magical elixir of dreams, and sometimes nightmares,” or, “Removing the tags will keep the tea from tasting like cardboard.” Eerie and uncanny on one hand, mundane and detailed on the other — right from the Lynchian handbook. Add Angelo Badalamenti’s haunting themes and you’ve practically got an unreleased Twin Peaks episode.

Looks like Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Dale Cooper has an appropriate alternative to his damn fine coffee.

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