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David Lynch erupted onto the cinema landscape in 1977 with Eraserhead, establishing himself as one of the most original and imaginative directors at work in contemporary cinema. Over the course of his career, he has remained true to a vision of the innocent lost in darkness and confusion, balancing hallucination and surrealism with a sense of Americana that is as pure and
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Faber & Faber (first published 1997)
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Tosh
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
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
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).
Allen Riley
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
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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Jacob Dill
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
Matt
The bible for my biggest influence and favourite director
Kasa Cotugno
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
usaking
Jan 20, 2013 usaking rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Pavel
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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Robert
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
Phil South
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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Lorraine
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
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
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
Sean
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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Michael
One of the best director's ever.
Sam
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.
Joe
Oct 16, 2014 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I good look into the mind of Lynch.
Highlandfool
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".
Joel
Jun 06, 2007 Joel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Vienna X
Sep 14, 2007 Vienna X rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: David Lynch fans and artists of any kind
This is a real treat of a book. Unlike some speculative articles and essays about what people THINK David Lynch's work is about, this book is one long interview with Lynch commenting about his creative process in his own words. Lynch's unpretentious, down-to-earth simplicity makes me admire him even more. He is very pro intuitive thinking/feeling, which is what I aspire to do.
Joe
A fascinating look into the mind of one of my favorite filmmakers, David Lynch. You would probbly expect him to be some deranged madman but instead he is a calm, gracious, and intelligent man from Montana. His films span from his masterpiece "Eraserhead" to his latest, "INLAND EMPIRE." He gives a series of interviews that go over his life and career.
Stop
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STOP SMILING Issue 38, 20 Interviews , features a cover story interview with director David Lynch.

Tony
Not quite as good as Gilliam on Gilliam due to the abstract and surreal nature of Lynch's work.He mentions several times that he is not a poet, and to explain a movie otherwise will only ruin the magic, as a result the book isnt an all access delve into the mind kinda deal. Still a solid look into how lynch ticks even if he kept up some barriers.
Trish
Great insight into one of my favorite directors. Not only does the interview style tell you a little more about each of his films, but it also changed the way I thought about David Lynch's work, filmmaking, things to think about even just watching a movie. I thought it ended pretty abruptly, but all in all definitely a worthwhile read.
Scott
My favorite director, it was very interesting for me to learn more about his life. Although a lot of information is revealed he still remains a very mysterious and secretive figure. Still just like watching his movies I was entertained by his humor and challenged by the surreal nature of his unusual life story.
Alan
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.
Bryce Wilson
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.
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Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married, and fathered future director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21. That experience, plus attending art school in a particularly v ...more
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