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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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Faber Faber (first published 1997)
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Sep 14, 2015 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
Oct 26, 2007 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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
“David’s films are more of a sensation than a story.” (126)
-Isabella Rossellini

Three-and-a-half stars. As fans of David Lynch know, the director is not one to speak about the meanings of his films. (The closest readers get is co-writer Barry Gifford’s own pseudo-explanation of Lost Highway on page 215.) Yet, David Lynch as a character himself is totally captivating to hear and watch in interviews. (For example: the 90-ish minute storytelling session in the extras of Eraserhead DVD or the 2016 do
Allen Riley
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2011 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
Jacob Dill
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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,
Robert Vaughan
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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).
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The bible for my biggest influence and favourite director
Arthur Graham
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Provides a deeper appreciation of the man and his work.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why Lynch has so completely taken me recently, and that admission feels fitting. Mysteries are what drive us because they promise a new dimension of reality because and that sense of discovery and potential is fascinating. I take this attitude admitting without shame that I've pretty much just plagiarized Lynch in making that statement. There is no director like David Lynch, and no has the same level of integrity because no director has, in my mind, made a film like any of his works ...more
Joe Richards
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Ben Robinson
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jimmy Stewart from Mars reveals all... kind of. This current third Twin Peaks season right now is the best season, and it spurred me to pick up the reprint of Lynch On Lynch interviews edited by Chris Rodley. The book’s a delight, DL being forthcoming and genial throughout while still letting the work’s essential mysteries remain intact. The films speak for themselves but this remains a useful primer that I can see myself revisiting plenty in the future.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm living pretty well submerged in the Lynch world these days, and that is only a good thing for me. This is a great series of interviews in the middle stage of his career (just up to the release of Lost Highway) that provides some wonderful insight into his myriad creative processes and insights.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely essential reading for any serious Lynch fan. Don't expect always solid answers behind his motivations, it's part of the fun of hearing the great man speak! I loved it all.
Ryan Lowrie
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
a funny, candid look at Lynch's work through Lynch's interviews. Everything gets a once over up into Mulholland Drive.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Transfixing and transmogrifying. Lynch's process has always fascinated me, and the man's ruminations are always full of strange truth.
Ben Flanagan
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Surface level.
Max Rudd
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful insight into the career of a great auteur. Can't believe I read this 20yrs after it was published!
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Phil South
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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