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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.

Catching Ideas

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


About the Author

Three-time Oscar-nominated director David Lynch is among the leading filmmakers of our era. From the early seventies to the present day, Lynch's popular and critically acclaimed film projects, which include Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and INLAND EMPIRE, are internationally considered to have broken down the wall between art-house cinema and Hollywood moviemaking.

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Lindsay Waite, October 22, 2012 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
This is an intriguing quick read from maverick film director David Lynch. For fans who are not aware that he has been practicing transcendental meditation for decades, this book is an introduction to his thoughts about it. Lynch describes about what led him to this practice, how it has benefited his creativity, and why he has set up a foundation to share this practice with students, inmates, veterans, the homeless, Native Americans and others.

Fascinating to me were his thoughts on developing his idea for "Lost Highway," one of my favorites. One will also see some of the creative process behind "Twin Peaks," including how Frank Silva came to play a pivotal role. The creation over years of "Eraserhead" and his collaboration with Jack Nance is fascinating. And woven throughout bits and pieces of Lynch's insights into his works are the influences of transcendental meditation.

This book may lead the reader to the David Lynch Foundation, where one can see how this practice is growing. For a glance at the interior Lynch, this book is highly recommended.
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