The extraordinary, highly anticipated memoir from visionary filmmaker David Lynch.
In this memoir, David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced—sometimes successful, sometimes not—to bring his projects to fruition.
Part memoir, part biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch’s own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with ninety of Lynch’s friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art.
David Lynch advanced to the front ranks of international cinema in 1977 with the release of his first film, the startlingly original Eraserhead. Since then, Lynch has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards, for The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive; awarded the Palme d’Or, for Wild at Heart; and established himself as an artist of tremendous range and wit. In 1990, Twin Peaks mania swept the world when his groundbreaking television series premiered. A new season of Twin Peaks aired in 2017 to widespread acclaim.
Kristine McKenna is a widely published critic and journalist who wrote for the Los Angeles Times from 1977 to 1998. Her profiles and criticism have appeared in Artforum, the New York Times, Artnews, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post and Rolling Stone.
‘Fascinating insights into the director’s process.’ New York Times
‘Lynch has stories to spare and it may be that this is the closest most of us get to spending time in his company...The book is both salve and distraction. All but essential for Lynch fans.’ Bookmunch
‘A tantalising hybrid of biography and autobiography… Film buffs will delight in this compelling and illuminating memoir...Lynch casts aside his reticence to discuss his life and films in this wildly enjoyable, massive and bracingly candid memoir.’ Shelf Awareness
‘Offers countless new stories, even for Lynch fanatics…All is told with Lynch’s considerable charm.’ Australian Financial Review
‘Journalist Kristine McKenna maps a rich biography derived from extensive interviews…[and] Lynch jumps in second. This two-pronged approach creates an accurate timeline and intimate self-portrait, but it’s what happens in the space between that’s special: a man engaging not with his own mythology, but rather his own personhood.’ VICE
‘A sunny, holistic portrait of a corn-fed American dreamer who simply likes to show his nightmares to the world. Lynch emerges from these pages as principled, flighty…He’s constantly chasing the next big idea.’ Guardian
‘Room to Dream is described as “part-memoir, part-biography” and this duality proves to be extraordinarily productive…This enlightening and exhaustive book should be an essential way of discovering more about [Lynch] and his world.’ Australian
‘...the blending of biography and memoir into a kind of biographical duet turns the whole project on its head, makes it different, stranger, more alive…Exactly what Lynch always does in his art.’ LA Times
‘[A] cubist portrait of the artist, body and mind on separate tracks…Room to Dream offers countless new stories, even for Lynch fanatics.’ Washington Post
‘What makes this book endearing is its chatty, calm...anti-Hollywood attitude…and matter-of-fact defiance of reality.’ San Francisco Chronicle
‘The book doesn’t give us one focused view of Lynch, but a double vision, as though two similar but not quite exact portraits of the man have been projected onto one another…There is value, joy, and beauty in staying with Lynch and his cohorts for these 500-plus pages.’ Los Angeles Times
‘Intimate and honest…McKenna’s interviewees unfailingly describe Lynch's charisma and warmth, and his methodical but instinctive dedication to craft.’ NPR
‘A strikingly multidimensional portrait of the artist…[An] incandescently detailed and complexly enlightening chronicle of a fervent, uncompromising life devoted to “pure creativity”.’ Booklist
‘Insightful, well-researched…The book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘If you expected a David Lynch biography to be just like any other biography, you've never seen a David Lynch movie…Fascinating.’ New York Times
‘David Lynch’s memoir illuminates the origins of his art...the humour and eccentricity of Mr Lynch’s own reminiscences and observations are the book’s main pleasure.’ The Economist
‘Lynch is the master of the perverse, the unsettling and the plain bonkers.’ Sunday Times
‘Reassuringly unconventional…Engrossing...Lynch writes like he speaks. He's disarmingly direct, cheerfully profane and prone to bursts of giddy enthusiasm.’ Big Issue
‘Captivating...Gives the reader a panoramic insight into Lynch's impressive oeuvre, with sufficient time left to explore Lynch's childhood and coming of age.’ Irish Independent on Sunday
‘An intimate, humanising self-portrait...This wonderful new book is the most comprehensive overview of the filmmaker’s life and career to date.’ Little White Lies
‘A unique reading experience; more experimental novel than straight up biography. Which is most welcome and entirely appropriate...An endlessly fascinating work that invites multiple readings.’ Future of the Force
‘Traditional and comprehensive on one side while whimsical and irreverent on the other, Room to Dream manages to have it both ways...[A]n enthusiastic, contagious tribute to creativity itself.’ Brag
‘[A] memorable portrait of one of cinema’s great auteurs…It provides a remarkable insight into Lynch’s intense commitment to the “art life”.’ Guardian
‘A fascinating look into an endlessly imaginative and alarming man.’ Otago Daily Times
The avant-garde director of The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet and cocreator of Twin Peaks remembers a life as surreal as his movies in this exuberant biography/memoir. In chapters that alternate between Lynch's first-person narrative and biographical accounts written by McKenna (Talk to Her), the book presents an illuminating look into Lynch's life, drawing heavily on McKenna's interviews with actors, ex-wives, and friends that paint an admiring portrait of a charismatic man given to intuitive improvisations, like sticking the script supervisor into a blue-wigged speaking role in Mulholland Drive. Interspersed chapters contain Lynch's own memories that explore his creative process from its roots in strange visual imagery to his long-shot quests for financing (" It's about a man who's three and a half feet tall, with a red pompadour, who runs on sixty-cycle alternating-current electricity'" went one unsuccessful pitch). Lynch is a great raconteur, and at the book's heart are his anecdotes, featuring colorful grotesques like the hunch-backed con-man who borrowed his phone to make fraudulent fund-raising calls, and dark intrusions of sexuality into wholesome landscapes (as a boy in idyllic Boise, Idaho, he recalls, he once saw a naked, bleeding woman silently wandering the night-time streets). The result is an entertainingly offbeat show-biz saga and a fine evocation of Lynch's unique voice and sensibility. Photos. \n