In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.
Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker's methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.
Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.
Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.
Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.
I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.
Everything, anything that is a thing, comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the Unified Field. The more your consciousness-your awareness-is expanded, the deeper you go toward this source, and the bigger the fish you can catch.
—from Catching the Big Fish
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Much like his movies, TV shows, paintings, and music, David Lynch’s first memoir is a surreal, sometimes dark, yet surprisingly hopeful piece of art. Catching the Big Fish dives right into the fascinating artist’s brain; Lynch reads through each short and punchy chapter with his broad Midwestern accent and boyish enthusiasm. Lynch focuses on how his long-standing practice of transcendental meditation helped guide the creation of cult classics like Eraserhead and Twin Peaks by allowing his mind the freedom to go where it pleased. This will inspire you to experiment with your own creative impulses.
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Good for driving
Roadtripped to chicago to see DL and his new movie Inland Empire- Listened to this on the way.. the question/answer was straight out of the book-- although I was happy to see David in person, the book was everything and more he spoke about. TM was something I did as a young teen--the audio book was a good reminder to the power of diving deep and the creativity that can result. Hope other listeners gain that inspiration back too!
an enlightening book
In a beautifully concise manner, this maestro of film direction gives us a taste of what makes his creative juices flow. Wonderful anecdotes are interspersed with advice for bringing creative ideas to life, as concise as a director’s notes to his actors. Many of the chapters are introduced with quotes from ancient Vedic texts, and give the book a spiritual tone. It is obvious that David Lynch takes both film and book writing seriously.
Mr. Lynch underscores the importance of his 30+ year practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique in getting him to where he is artistically today. He attributes his ability to “catch the big fish” ideas to his twice daily dipping into a well of creativity through TM. As a neurologist, I’ve been impressed with the health benefits of TM, and it’s great to see an artist so enthusiastic about this technique. He gives those of us who dabble in the arts a reason to hope that we can tap into our own artistic genius. I read through this book on a quiet afternoon, and I’m ready to “go fishing”.
For true Lynch fans.
Sure he talks about meditation and how if affected his life, but he also talks about his life.
Talks about how he got his foot in the door, his first real film, failures such as Dune, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Angelo Badalamenti, the film industry, art, family, his hometown, therapy, dreams, and how transcending help him over come all these "games" as Lynch would say.
So i would have to say if your a fan of Lynch and want to know a little more about how the teachings of Yogi effected his personal life buy it. One thing i got out of it was an interest in meditation which i guess was the whole point of Mr. Lynch.