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  • I bought this book on the cheap from Ebay for about £3, but according to the hardback it retails in dollars at $19.95

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      This is an undemanding, hardback book by the highly surreal and brilliant artist and director, David Lynch. With a sub-heading of ‘Meditation, Consciousness & Creativity’ this book is not an autobiography but rather an explanation of Mr. Lynch’s creative processes. Even hard-core Lynch fans sometimes have no idea what is going on in his movies even though we are enthralled by his work and there are many interpretations and arguments between fans on the internet, so perhaps Lynch was inspired to give some kind of explanation for what he does.

      Mr. Lynch dedicates the book to ‘His Holiness Maharishi


      Mahesh Yogi’ and explains that for 33 years he has been practicing Transcendental Meditation and he explains how this is highly relevant to his filmmaking techniques. He works from the unconscious, or subconscious, up to the conscious, whereas we have a tendency to try to interpret his films with the conscious mind. He urges us to let the images and sounds flow over us and let our own minds make up the connections. Although it can be frustrating when an artist says something like ‘you will make of it what you will’ instead of just telling us what something means, Lynch truly wants us to do this.

      There are many chapters, some just with one tiny paragraph, entitled e.g. ‘The Unified Field’, ‘Casting’, ‘Religion’, ‘Drugs’, ‘Inland Empire’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Suffering’ and ‘Blue Velvet’ among plenty of others. For instance, he explains that the title for Inland Empire came from a conversation with Laura Dern where she mentioned the place, and then he found an old scrapbook of his from his childhood with the same words in and to him this was meaningful. He had no script and let the film flowed where it wanted to flow! He INTENDS a ...


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      lack of clarity to allow the mind room to dream. I certainly appreciate this concept is filmmaking, although sometimes I can get as confused as the next person. Our imaginations can indeed come up with greater detail, terror and delight than any image on the screen can capture for sure.

      This book is written in a very straight forward, and not surreal at all, manner. Although it is easy to make Lynch sound pretentious and some people do not get him at all, as I have a background of some understanding of Eastern thinking, I am entirely sympathetic to

      what he is talking about and I find it fascinating not pretentious. This book does clarify some things about Lynch that people speculate about, but at the same time it can confuse all the more unless you are pretty open-minded. He seems to want us to understand his films with the kind of mind that will serve us better in life generally. I bought this book on the cheap from Ebay for about £3, but according to the hardback it retails in dollars at $19.95. A great little book not only for Lynch fans but for anyone interested in the artistic process.




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