How Many Hidden Twin Peaks Symbols Can You Find in This Spread?

Now Playing: A Seek-and-Find Book for Film Buffs challenges viewers to locate iconic characters and elements from twelve directors throughout film history.

Now Playing: A Seek-and-Find Book for Film Buffs

Like a Where’s Waldo book, the full-page spreads are easy to get lost in—and depending on how well you know the director’s oeuvre, you’ll find more hidden nods to movies the longer you look.

One spread that caught our attention is that of David Lynch—the director known for his surreal and highly symbolic films and TV shows, one of the most popular being Twin Peaks.

David LynchClick-through for the full-size spread

Since the long-awaited reboot of Twin Peaks is finally here, we turned to our resident David Lynch expert (and our web manager) Vee Moran to unpack a few hidden corners of the spread.


1. Welcome to Twin Peaks Sign

Welcome to Twin Peaks sign

One of my favorite things about Twin Peaks is how the everyday becomes more than it seems when looked at through the lens of the show’s creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. Everything becomes iconic, everything has meaning. This is especially true of the Welcome to Twin Peaks fictional town sign that was installed in the city of Snoqualmie for the original 1989 shoot.

What at first was just one of the many props that made up a TV show, become over the years the seminal symbol of the Twin Peaks universe. For 28 years fans have been visiting the site to pay homage and recreate Agent Cooper’s entrance to the story, and now a permanent sign has been installed as a tribute to the location.


2. The Double R Diner

he Double R Diner
One of the most recognizable locations in Twin Peaks, the Double R Diner is home to the now famous cherry pie and coffee, beloved of Agent Cooper. In the original series the Double R’s exterior and many interior scenes were shot in the real life Twede’s Café in North Bend, Washington. For Twin Peaks: The Return, Twede’s was completely refurbished to match the show’s original interior, and remains that way today.


3. A Log

A Log
Not just any log. This log has a psychic connection with Margaret Lanterman, also know as the Log Lady, who assists Agent Cooper with his investigation into the death of Laura Palmer. “I carry a log — yes. Is it funny to you? It is not to me. Behind all things are reasons. Reasons can even explain the absurd.”

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What other scenes and symbols do you spy in the David Lynch spread?

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Photography by Michelle Park

Vee Moran

Web Manager at Chronicle Books and owner of Owl Cave Books, a contemporary art bookshop in San Francisco’s Mission District. Follow at @owlcave and owlcavebooks.com.
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