By Gwen Ihnat on May 28, 2021
Most people identify David Duchovny as an actor, having appeared in landmark TV series like The X-Files and Twin Peaks. But Duchovny’s creative pursuits stretch far beyond the small screen. He’s released two albums, for example (with a third slated for this year); and he’s written four novels, including 2021’s Truly Like Lightning, about a former Hollywood stuntman whose polygamous Joshua Tree retreat is threatened by an interloping developer. His latest literary effort is an Audible production called The Reservoir, which was released this week, in which Duchovny reads—performs, really—a short story he wrote about a man trapped inside during the pandemic who becomes obsessed with his view from his New York City apartment. Duchovny is currently adapting Truly Like Lightning into a possible TV series for Showtime. He also just wrapped The Bubble, an action movie/comedy from Judd Apatow about eight actors trapped together in a pandemic bubble on a franchise movie set. He talked to The A.V. Club about his writing process, the pandemic as a creative inspiration, and what he really thinks about all those X-Files fans (he totally gets it).
The A.V. Club: What interested you in doing an auditory project like The Reservoir for Audible?
David Duchovny: I wrote the story, and it was an in-between-form kind of a thing. It was probably too long to be a short story to get published, and I don’t have a bunch of other short stories to put into a collection. This was the first one that I’ve written. And it was too short to be a novella, so I didn’t really know what to do. And I was talking to my friend Jess Walter, who’s a terrific writer, and he mentioned Amazon Audibles. And I’d not heard of them. I knew that novels existed this way, but I didn’t know there was a form that was solely audio like that, and they were interested in that kind of length exactly. So I just learned about it and thought, “Well, I’d love to get the story out there and this is a this is a new way to do it.” And, you know, why not? It’s like telling stories around the campfire. It’s like the oldest way to hear a story, theater of the mind, whatever you want to call it.