GLIMPSES OF THE MYSTERY
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After assembling a year's worth of posts into a single document, it was only a matter of time until the urge to turn it into a hardcopy became overwhelming. It took exactly two days for that to happen, and now THE GLASS BOX-YEAR ONE exists in meatspace in a special edition of ONE.
Because printing on decent paper in full color is astronomically expensive, I formatted the pdf double-sided and two-to-a-page on 11x17 paper to reduce the number of double-sided pages needed from 314 down to 158. Then I cut the 11x17 in half and used a perfect bind to bring it all together. It looks pretty neat. I underestimated how good it would feel to hold the whole business in my hands. There’s something very special about a good old-fashioned printed book, as much as I love the magic of the internet.
In the unlikely event that your Twin Peaks collection feels one hard copy of THE GLASS BOX-YEAR ONE shy of complete, everything you need to DIY your way to a book of your own is available for free download here.
Over 600 Pages of Critical and Photo Essays from THE GLASS BOX. One Document.
Launching THE GLASS BOX last year and having my own peculiar little place to cultivate my deep love for Twin Peaks these past fifteen months has been one of the most fun and rewarding things I've ever done. As a professor long resigned to the glacial pace and pitiably small readership of academic publishing, I have been nothing short of astonished by the greased-lightning speed and enormous reach of online publishing. Armed with nothing but a free website and a little spare time, I could project my endless enthusiasm for Twin Peaks across the world, living this strange and wonderful dream with with tens of thousands of avid fellow fans!
One of the nicest things any reader has ever said to me is that THE GLASS BOX was their favorite online companion throughout Twin Peaks-The Return and that they wished they could "bundle it up into a book and put it alongside the Blu-Ray Collection on the ol' Lynch shelf." That comment made my year and really stuck with me. It set me to wondering what THE GLASS BOX experience would be like in a more conventional published format, albeit one that both preserved the look and feel of the online experience and was time and cost efficient to produce.
Relative to how embarrassingly lazy and dirt cheap it is, the solution I came up with is pretty satisfying: I took screen captures of all the relevant content, pasted them into a Word document, threw together a table of contents and a cover, stitched everything into a single PDF, and threw it up on Dropbox. No editing, no revisions, no agonizing aesthetic choices, no significant expenses (other than repeated-screen-capture-induced carpal tunnel) and presto: THE GLASS BOX--YEAR ONE is a thing! It ain't perfect to say the least, but it sure could be worse. And it is completely free of charge to fellow Peakers (well, to anyone, really, but non-fanatics would likely prefer to slide down a razor and land in a manure lagoon than to fritter any time on this nerd-heap).
Click here to download your free copy, and happy reading! I experimented with a variety of ways of viewing the document, and found Adobe reader's "two page scrolling" format to be the most enjoyable, because it enables one to view pages side by side (which results in some interesting juxtapositions of content that aren't possible on the website). And this is version 1.0, so please don't hesitate to contact me with suggestions for minor corrections. In the unlikely event that anyone actually does go to the trouble of printing off and binding a copy of this monster for "the ol' Lynch shelf", please send me some photos.
BONUS: Click the photo below to download a cover for your own printed copy of THE GLASS BOX-YEAR ONE (if, that is, you're CrAzY enough to pay for printing and binding a document this huge).