Twin Peaks Recap: I Am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds

Carel Struycken The Giant, Joy Nash Senorita Dido. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime The first nuclear explosion looked small, from a distance. horrible looks small from enough of a distance: the destruction of a life, a country, a world. The cloud bloomed an electric flower over the nothingness creation in reverse, life going out instead of coming in. The code name of the first nuclear test was “Trinity,” a word plucked by Los Alamos physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer from the works of John Donne , one of the greatest metaphysical poets in history. The way Oppenheimer described the naming is Lynchian in the extreme : “Why I chose the name is not clear, but I know what thoughts were in mind. There is a poem of John Donne, written just before his death, which I know and . From it a quotation: ‘As West and East / In all flat Maps—and I am one—are one, / death doth touch the Resurrection.’” On July 16, 1945, somewhere in the empty desert of White Sands, New Mexico, a new of death touched the world, one previously reserved for acts of god. The ability to […]

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