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You know David Lynch as the director of terminally weird movies such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart, as well as the bizarre and highly influential television series Twin Peaks. But did you know that it was Mel Brooks who gave him his first big break? That the idea for Blue Velvet grew out of a fantasy Lynch had about sneaking into a private room and learning ...more
Published 1998 by Verl. der Autoren (first published 1997)
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Hamish
Oct 03, 2015 Hamish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not what you'd call a big film buff, but about two years ago I developed an obsession with the work of David Lynch. It started slowly (with Twin Peaks, of course) until it's become this all-consuming fascination, not unlike when I first discovered Nabokov or Morrissey. And I think his films have consumed me so thoroughly because, at their heart, they're marvels of aesthetics.

So naturally I tore through this book in a few days (often at the expense of my thesis). It's very thorough and packed
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Tosh
Feb 03, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good David Lynch book in that he doesn't explain his work, but tells his feelings and thoughts behind his films. There is a difference. Lynch I find is super intelligent and very articulate about his work. He knows the importance to stay silent for two things: He himself doesn't know why and more important it's the audience or viewer's task to figure out or just to feel the work.

David Lynch for me is a great American artist. And I mention American, because I feel he's unique in that sense
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Rupert
Jul 06, 2010 Rupert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on an artist's creative process that I've read in recent memory. I have to confess at times I've had moments of feeling like Lynch is a con man - like when I watch "Lost Highway" (which most of my friends really love), but mainly I love him and seeing "Eraserhead" and "Blue Velvet" the first times changed my life. This book truly, deeply goes into Lynch's vision and process and shows him to be religiously dedicated to getting across on film - or now video - the inner feelin ...more
Allen Riley
Jan 25, 2010 Allen Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of David Lynch's creative development: trust, charm, patience.

For Lynch, making art always comes down to "It is what it is." The trick is to have enough patience and trust in your own thinking to become conscious of "what it is", to let "it" be, and then to respond honestly to it. You just have to have faith in your own way of doing this. And if nobody likes your movie, well, "that's a sadness." It really just comes down to luck, and whether or not other people love the same ideas you
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Suvi
Oct 25, 2011 Suvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2007 I was in Paris on a school trip. Our schedule (believe or not, a schedule, in Paris...) included a visit to the David Lynch art exhibition. At that time I was completely oblivious as to who he is, I just connected him very vaguely to Twin Peaks after I saw his scribblings related to the show. When I got to the actual paintings, my only thought was: wtf. They were dark and very weird, and I didn't like them that much. It was broad daylight and I was completely creeped out.

Anyway, I don't
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Pavel
Apr 23, 2010 Pavel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema
I love all D.Lynch movies. Usually he doesn't talk that much about them - in all his interviews he tries to stay as vague as possible. You rarely or never find an answer why he casted this or that actor, where certain episode went or why smth. is edited such and such. Usual D.Lynch answer for all that would be smth like: "Whole thing just came to me and I don't know why". One day he had a lecture at my film school and it was two hours of that - nothing.
This book made no exception. I bought it no
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Jacob Dill
Oct 31, 2009 Jacob Dill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any artist should read this book. I'm not a filmmaker at all but reading Lynch's ideas on creativity and the process of making the art you see in your head has helped me as a musician and songwriter/arranger. It helped me get over the "Is my art/work original enough" conundrum that effects a lot of artists and musicians. To paraphrase Lynch's ideas on creativity, he basically says, "Don't think about it, just freakin' get it done already! Who cares if the end result may doesn't seem original if ...more
William Prystauk
Chris Rodley did a wonderful job trying to pry answers from David Lynch, especially regarding his more avantgarde approaches to storytelling. But have no fear, Lynch delivered in many ways and I appreciate his filmmaking even more.

The book covers Lynch's early life up to the film, THE LOST HIGHWAY. Of course I want an update to hear about MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE STRAIGHT STORY, and INLAND EMPIRE, as well as the upcoming "Twin Peaks" series two - where Lynch directs every episode.

If you love Lynch,
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Robert Vaughan
I've always been a fan of David Lynch- the multi-artist- admire his talents in film-making, art, music and other mediums in which he expresses a continuous vision that is often inexplicable. Editor Chris Rodley does an admirable job discussing with Lynch his own films, especially given that this is a director who is known for his tight-lipped interviews. Also excited for a new "version" of Twin Peaks forthcoming. Welcome back, Log Lady!
Rebecca
Jul 05, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot about David Lynch I already knew, but this autobiography (which takes the form of a series of interviews) just reaffirmed all the things about him that I love. There is something mesmerizing about getting into the head of an artist so utterly committed to his discipline. And I learned that Lynch really likes exclamation points.
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
I enjoy his films much more than his (understandably) dodgy "explanations." But he's just fascinating and perplexingly hilarious to listen to or read nonetheless. And sometimes he says genuinely insightful things about the creative process (or his creative process, at the very least).
Matt
Apr 28, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bible for my biggest influence and favourite director
Arthur Graham
Dec 28, 2014 Arthur Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provides a deeper appreciation of the man and his work.
Joe Richards
Dec 29, 2016 Joe Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect companion to Dennis Lim's 'David Lynch: The Man from Another Place', this book follows a similar chronological analysis of the director/ artist (etc)'s body of work, providing unmatched personal insight into his creative/ thought processes, feelings and reflections.

Whereas Lim's book references 'Lynch on Lynch' several times, it focuses more on Lynch's background and upbringing, as well as personal observations and opinions formed by the clearly obsessed author on the work of his su
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Bradley
Feb 09, 2016 Bradley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
In this series of interviews conducted with auteur filmmaker David Lynch, Rodley dives deep into Lynch’s personal history as well as his artistic method. Each period of Lynch’s life and his more notable films are each represented in their own chapters with a lengthy and intimate interview into Lynch’s process. Published in 1997, the book ends with a discussion and analysis of Lynch’s most recent work “Lost Highway.” With a brief introduction to each interview, Rodley sets the scene in understand ...more
usaking
Jan 20, 2013 usaking rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David Lynch fans
Lynch on Lynch is a book that only David Lynch fans should read, if ever. In it, David Lynch speaks about his films in great detail and also spends some time reflecting on personal issues as well. It's a fascinating look into the mind of Lynch and how he views certain things in his films. Unfortunately, that's all this book has to really offer. See, my problem with Lynch on Lynch is that once you finish it and learn all this stuff about Lynch, you have no real reason to re-read the book. It's do ...more
Kasa Cotugno
Sep 22, 2009 Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: subject-show-biz
This is a must read for anyone curious about Lynch and his creative process. Some of the segues in his life are as incomprehensible as in his movies, but inhabited by characters not as twisted. His journey from a fairly normal, privileged background, even if peripatetic, into the visionary director of disturbing, thought provoking, beautiful (one of his favorite words) films is addressed by both him and Chris Rodley, his interviewer. They both point out the importance family and home and small t ...more
Andy
Jan 08, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, movies, film, 2015
I read the revised 2005 edition of this book which covers all of Lynch's feature film work (and the TV show Twin Peaks) except Inland Empire (2006). These interviews conducted by Chris Rodley shed much light on Lynch and his concepts of filmmaking, but don't expect the director to tell you what any of his work actually means. If you understand (and appreciate) that going in - and if you enjoy Lynch's work - you're going to get a lot out of this book.

Lynch discusses much of the behind-the-scenes
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Phil South
Mar 18, 2013 Phil South rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read and re-read this many times, it's the best book on Lynch apart from the excellent David Lynch Decoded by Mark Allyn Stewart.

Everything you ever wanted to know about DL. Anyone who has a superficial knowledge of David's work and merely thinks of it as weird should read both these books. Reassessing him as a surrealist artist will go a long way to reforming him in people's minds.

Everything you want to know about the movies, the art, the comic strips. Not sure they talk about the damn fine cof
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Robert
Sep 13, 2007 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mullholand Drive drew me into Lynch. This book seems like the one and only resource any fan would ever need, as far as hearing it from the man himself. It's inspiring: it's not about what the movies mean, it's about how he comes up with ideas, what sort of creative atmosphere he cultivates and puts his faith in. Lots of his work seems to have a logic of its own, and this seems to come from Lynch simply following an idea and not trying to impose unnaturally neat and clean rules to that idea's log ...more
Lorraine
Aug 02, 2008 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find David Lynch's thoughts on art and film making incredibly inspiring -- he's truly committed to his art and has such respect for ideas. And he tells such great funny little stories!

There was one quote that really stood out to me -- in response to how ideas fit together and on building a "world":

"You've got to be the audience for most of this trip. You can't second-guess them. If you did, you'd be removing yourself from yourself. Then you'd be out there in really dangerous territory, trying
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Andrew Bishop
Jun 01, 2012 Andrew Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, film
The best book on David Lynch that you could ever need. Conversation is captured in interviews so rarely as this one. Endlessly insightful and fun, Lynch is open about his inspirations and approaches to work. There are a great many anecdotes that Lynch shares which also open a window on the man. He's a very engaging storyteller. I still can't believe this book exists because so many have such a warped idea of Lynch and it seems like Lynch is fine with that attitude. This book clears up much of it ...more
Sean
Oct 18, 2010 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like most about Lynch in these interviews is that he never explains what anything in any of his movies means. The movies are the movies. He understands that explaining what the movies mean to him doesn't add to them, it detracts from them. There is a dream-like quality to much of what he creates, and putting dreams into words is always a bad idea.

Instead he talks about the trials of making his movies, and about his ideas, and about what inspires him, and it's all fascinating. I only wish
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Sam
Feb 11, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This much better than Lynch's other book Catching the Big Fish because the interviewer, who has obviously done a lot of research before meeting Lynch, keeps the flow of the discourse under control. With Catching the Big Fish, in which Lynch controls the flow himself, the discourse merely swirls around the subject of Transcendental Meditation and how great Lynch thinks it is. I'd recommend reading this rather than Catching The Big Fish if you want to know more about how David Lynch works.
Terrence
The frustrating thing about reading interviews with David Lynch is how abstract he can be in describing his process, particularly how he gets and develops ideas. Considering how violent and sexual his work is, I felt myself longing for a more nitty-gritty discussion than the ones included here. I've read enough about Lynch, and have seen enough documentaries to know that he's a wilder and angrier character than the "Golly Gee Shucks" persona he presents to the world - a persona that, for me, has ...more
Joel
Jun 06, 2007 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lynch fans, people interested in filmmaking and/or creative processes
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating books I've ever read. Beginning with Lynch's childhood, and spanning his career up through 1997's Lost Highway, this collection of interviews with the eccentric and visionary artist is overflowing with nuggets of wisdom, insight, and hilarity regarding both the creative process and life in general. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Highlandfool
Jan 07, 2010 Highlandfool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading after having read the first time five years ago. Every book in this series that I have read in this series is great. Solid, insightful interviews examining chronologically the films of an individual director, each of these books is gold mine for the film enthusiast. "Lynch on Lynch" is packed with the kind of weird, quirky details and humor you would expect from the man who brought us "Eraserhead" and "Twin Peaks".
Chris S
Dec 06, 2009 Chris S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-shit, film
What I love about Lynch is his unwillingness to 'explain' the meanings of his films. I'd rather form my own conclusions about what things mean, so am grateful for Mr Lynch not to give too much away. Fascinating insight though into his world, especially his art and painting which is equally surreal and dark.
Bryce Wilson
May 03, 2008 Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
With a director as illusive as Lynch this book is freaking invaluable. Lynch cover's his entire career up to Lost Highway, and gives a surprisingly revealing look at his process even if he unsurprisingly doesn't feel the need to shed light on his films many many mysteries. Not that I would really want him to.
Alan
Jan 16, 2009 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter was reading this for her 'film studies' 'A' level, and I picked it up after as a fan - although I am a bit nonplussed by some of his work, or some bits of his work, I generally enjoy it. This book gives an insight into the mind that produced such amazing stuff although, quite properly, doesn't explain it.
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