Twin Peaks: Firewalk With Me found-me. I was 12. In Paris. I had bought a switchblade on Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. When David Lynch disturbed me for the first time; I figured the strangeness was unknowable. I figured the unknowable paralleled the ineffable, The purpose of the alienation was a mystery to me.
The Russian Formalist ideas of defamiliarization were revealed to me later. Why would anyone make something so weird? The purpose of the uncanny strangeness didn't crystallize until the therapeutic effects became apparent to me, David Lynch was running a transcendental meditation clinic in NYC in 2012 and I wrote an article about his work with soldiers with PTSD. It's available below.