Rookie of the Year

I’ve Joined the Blue Rose Task Force

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A tongue-in-cheek but also painfully earnest look at pop culture and anything else that deserves to be ridiculed while at the same time regarded with the utmost respect. It is written by Matt Marrone and emailed to Stu Horvath, who adds any typos or factual errors that might appear within.


Cover Twin Peaks Fest for Unwinnable? Check. Get custom-made gold and jade owl cave ring for my 40th birthday? Check.

Become a staff writer for the Blue Rose Magazine? Check!

That’s right, starting next month, with Issue 8, I’ll be writing for the Twin Peaks fanzine started by Scott Ryan and John Thorne, the latter of whom was the co-founder and co-editor of the original, legendary fanzine, Wrapped in Plastic.

If you have any interest in the show or in David Lynch in general, I suggest you subscribe at I promise you, my first article, which took me a good chunk of the summer to research and write, is at least worth purchasing the individual issue for. I can’t reveal what I discovered yet, but let’s just say it’s something no one in the entire world knows – including Lynch. It was the product of luck, magic and a pretty amazing series of events that brought my worlds crashing together.

I’ve already written four pieces for the magazine and am working on a fifth, so my work should appear in each issue moving forward for at least the next nine months or so. At this rate, I’ll be filing for 2020 pretty soon.

In fact, I’ve dived so deep into the work, I got a phone call in August that flashed “Los Angeles” on the caller ID.

It was Mark Frost.

I tell you this, of course, because I love to brag, but also because Twin Peaks has long been a huge part of my life. And I know other Unwinnable staffers and readers feel the same.

Now that that passion has lead me in a new direction, I hope you come along for the ride.


Matt Marrone is a senior MLB editor at He has been Unwinnable’s reigning Rookie of the Year since 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @thebigm.

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