Issue # 52
July 13, 2001
3:15 a.m. Somewhere In America (They Might Be Twin Peaks)

By Rick Mason
and Rich Wilhelm

[You might not understand this piece of writing without you have read a story by the name of "The Moment Before Everything Changed," which can now be found in the archive of this here website. That story was made by Mr. Rich Wilhelm (me), and I told the truth, mainly. The following are the liner notes for the now-legendary They Might Be Twin Peaks tape that is mentioned in the story. These notes were written by my friend Rick and me at 3:00 in the morning at a Mister Donut back in the summer of '90 (which is NOT when I got my first real six-string). So, if you haven't read "The Moment Before Everything Changed," go read it now, then this will make perfect sense. I think.-RW]

8/19/90 3:15 a.m.
Mister Donut
Somewhere In America

"Next time you'll get a stale one for busting me like that."
Mister Donut
Somewhere In America

"These liner notes are turning out just like the rest of this project." That's what Rick said as we enjoyed fine donuts and damn fine cups of coffee at this famous American eatery.

Or, as our good friends Milli Vanilli so aptly expressed it, "Blame It On The Rain." Sure, maybe they were lip-syncing but they had a point, as did the great Brook Benton when he sang so soulfully, "It's a rainy night in Georgia/Lord, I believe it's raining all over the world." Brook got the geography wrong (we're Somewhere Else in America) but, boy was he a great weatherman.

It's funny how the late-night pitter-patter of raindrops on the tent can drive two bibliophiles and ardent outdoorsmen away from their tent and, in fact, the whole campground, and can lead them to the Open 24 Hours sanctuary of Mister Donut. Here, cream donuts, camradarie, cupsajoe, lack of sleep, interesting company in the way of other 3 a.m. donut munchers and a radio station that keeps pumping out tunes like "Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All," and "It's a Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," all combine in some kind of mysterious and unholy alchemy to create one of those experiences... We hope you know the kind, the experiences that spell Life, with a capital L...

We really can't tell you what any of this has to do with They Might Be Giants or Twin Peaks or, for that matter, what They Might Be Giants has to do with Twin Peaks, unless, perhaps, Twin Peaks and They Might Be Giants also spell Life with a capital L. Perhaps the best thing for you to do is just listen to the tape and let the Mysteries of the Universe be revealed unto you as they were revealed unto us tonight.

Your friends,

Rick & Rich

(Please feel free to email to others who may be interested or to print a hard copy for them but remember: The Dichotomy of the Dog is copyright 2001 by Rich Wilhelm. If you plan on making a bazillion dollars from this piece of writing, please let me know so I can sue you or something.)