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Double Vision explores moments of synchronicity between closely released literature and film pairings. Hosted by Timothy Wilcox, Ph.D., and featuring frequent guests, each week we will explore two visions – one from each genre – and discuss moments of multiple discovery and creative distinction. Intro and outro music by York Morgan (https://yorkmorgan.bandcamp.com).

Reflections Unprying

January 15, 2021

In 1972, John Berryman dies and David Lynch begins work on his first feature-length film, Eraserhead. It takes Lynch five years to complete the film, the same span of time needed for John Haffenden to find, transcribe, organize, and publish a selection of leftover Berryman poems, which he prints as Henry's Fate, in reference to central character Henry of Berryman's Dream Songs. Here we see Henry in new dream songs, released March 1977, the same month as Lynch tells the story of his Henry. We live inside of a dream, and some people want to pry it all open. What else can art do at this moment than subject Henry to such a fate? We get at this moment a double vision of just this possibility.