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The Impossible David Lynch (Film and Culture)

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Todd McGowan studies Lynch's talent for blending the bizarre and the normal to emphasise the odd nature of normality itself. In Lynch's movies, fantasy becomes a means through which the viewer is encouraged to build a revolutionary relationship with the world.
Paperback, 265 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Columbia University Press (first published February 2nd 2007)
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Sep 07, 2008 Jimmy rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Nowadays I just find it amusing to listen to/read someone's analysis of Lynch's films. In my opinion, reading David Foster Wallace's thoughts on what is truly "Lynchian" is probably good enough for me.

Mcgowan's book chronologically runs through an interpretation of (almost) every Lynch project, at least his full-length, studio pictures anyway. For the most part, it's a psychological reading of his films, largely from the academic perspective of a strict Lacanian, which makes it sound almost lik...more
preemptive review (as of page 100 or so): a great exploration of lynch's work from a particular psychological/philosophical perspective. chief observation: desire vs. fantasy. desire for the impossible and fantasy achieving the impossible. interesting reading thus far. i'll probably edit this when i've completed the book.

done. this was an immensely enjoyable read for me. it’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. if you like in-depth analysis and don’t mind spoilers for the films being dissected th...more
I've read parts of this book in another form (an article from a film journal) and was extremely impressed with the author's interpretation of Mulholland Dr. I can't wait to read further into it.
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If you're a fan of David Lynch, then you must read this book - in a word it is a stunning piece of erudition and theoretical thinking. The best academic book on Lynch yet to published.
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