“Externalizing the impulse to prey on young women cleverly depicts it as both inevitable and beyond the control of men. Marcus’s essay is a brilliant meditation on how the Dead Girl Show reflects and appeals to the American psyche, which is imprinted with the memory of two inherited atrocities, African slavery and the genocide of the Native Americans. He discusses the familiarity in old murder ballads that tell us that, “America is a country where anyone can be killed at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all.” Murder is something on the air, like a demon — and make no mistake, this is a kind of victim blaming.”
The Oldest Story: Toward a Theory of a Dead Girl Show by Alice Bolin (April 28th, 2014)
Phenomenal piece that articulates a lot of my own discomfort as a fan/viewer of Twin Peaks. This particular quote reminds me of one of my favourite songs.