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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425402
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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The quirky helmer known for Boy Scout demeanor and twisted tales shares his creative vision in a surprisingly gentle tome informed by the underlying teachings of Transcendental Meditation. But don t worry: David Lynch, one-time creator of The Angriest Dog in the World comic, keeps the proselytizing to a minimum. He addresses topics ranging from working with wood (for it) to director s commentaries (against) in deceptively simple, yet ultimately affirming, chapters. There s much for fans and aspiring filmmakers to enjoy. Variety 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," says David Lynch the idiosyncratic filmmaker whose creations include "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Mulholland Drive," "Inland Empire," and the cult TV classic, "Twin Peaks." He claims that he has savored the pleasures of diving deep thanks to a 33-year practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM). He describes the fun of gathering what he calls "firewood" (all kinds of ideas and things for a film), the joy he takes in seeing an aging building or a rusted bridge, and the respect he has for Fellini and Kubrick. Lynch loves making movies and diving deep, and this testament bears witness to both loves. Spirituality & Practice In "Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity," David Lynch puts aside his filmic quest to get inside the viewer s head and lets them instead inside his, an invitation almost as rare as a ticket to fiction s Wonka Chocolate Factory, and possibly just as out of this world. "Catching the Big Fish" is a blend of thoughts and themes, sometimes random like a stream of consciousness, or the analogy he personally prefers for creativity casting a hook into a bottomless sea. The book melds biography, film analysis, philosophy and spirituality with a heart-on-sleeve sincerity, while incorporatinga narrative ofthe author s passion for charting the world of dreams and ideas and rendering them unto action. BlogCritics With this book, Lynch offers us a rare glimpse into his own head. In the process, he reveals just enough biographical information, philosophy of film, and general behind-the-scenes dirt (including the connection between Lynch's "Lost Highway "and O. J. Simpson)to keep the attention of those more interested in Lynch's films than in his consciousness. Booklist"

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David Lynch is considered one of the leading filmmakers of our era, counting among the few directors to have appeared on the cover of Time magazine. From the early seventies to the present day, Lynch's popular and critically acclaimed film projects, which include Eraserhead, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive, are considered to have broken down the wall between art cinema and mainstream movie making.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lector TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
(This relates to the audiobook version of this product - not yet available on Amazon.co.uk, so I got mine from Amazon.com)

First, for any Lynch fan, I strongly recommend the audiobook. I listened to it in the car, and it was just like having Lynch as a travelling companion, chatting about Life, the Universe, and Everything. A fun and amazing experience!

Lynch seems to have become something of an evangelist for Transcendental Meditation, but really, only a small percentage of the material is *directly* about meditation per se. For the most part, it consists of little biographical details, 'behind the scenes' stories about his movies, and general chit-chat on the creative process in general.

If you've already read the book 'Lynch on Lynch' (and if you're a Lynch fan, I'm sure you already have - if not, RUN now and get a copy!) Anyway, if you've already read it, you'll have come across a lot of these little anecdotes before - but they really come to life when you hear them directly from Lynch himself.

I'm not generally a fan of audiobooks, but this is definitely one instance where the audio version knocks the socks off the paper version!!!
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By aladdin_sane on 10 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not only for fans of David Lynch's works this book on Transcendental Meditation and its ways of how to get ideas can be interesting. Every person who looks for a way to more creativity and inspiration can profit from this book.

Of course the author mainly talks about his movies and experiences with the life of a filmmaker, painter and, say, universal artist. But these are just examples to show how this way of meditation works. All in all, TM has nothing to do with a special form of religion, rather it means another way of thinking - more positive thinking - in order to let more bliss, inspiration and ideas drop in your mind.

A big plus of this book: Lynch talks in short and plain sentences. Unlike his movies and other works, which may often tend to confuse the viewer, Lynch aims to give precise information. So it is easier to focus on the real subject-matter, which really made me think: According to David Lynch's opinion, Transcendental Meditation and consciousness-based education lead to a life in peace. Worldwide. Therefore, in my eyes, this method of meditation is definitely worth a try, don't you think?

I recommend to buy the unabridged audiobook version. These 2 CDs made me feel to be in conversation with David Lynch himself while I was listening to his voice.

And should Mr. Lynch read these lines: David, for me you are a genius!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harry Faversham on 14 Nov. 2010
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Davids book shows us how T.M. as helped him on all levels of his life. It is quite an open, touchingly told memoir of how for example Transcendental Meditation changed his life by removing his habitual anger and providing a space to dive within and remove cumulative daily stress. I love the way he intertwines his film making and his ongoing life with his twice daily meditation, which has really worked for him on all levels of his life.
In many respects he is brave to put his beliefs out there and call the people to meditate as a way of improving the world.
Any rational person wants peace within themselves and for our world. Here David shows us an effortless method we could all use to our benefit in his wonderful book. The technique brings peace and rest in a troubled world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Daniel J. Mcdowell on 9 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled upon this book by accident when searching for "Inland Empire". Being a big David Lynch fan I was naturally intrigued by the prospect of learning how the man comes up with and channels ideas. Upon reading the book, I was not dissapointed.

Transcendental Meditation is a relatively new concept to me, however, something about it was instantly alluring. Where I once may have dismissed the benefits of this technique, having heard Mr. Lynch speak of it in such a grounded fashion has only served to deepen my interest.

I am almost tempted to believe that I have been led to this subject (by fate or whatever force you may choose to believe in???). The very same day I discovered this book I also acquired a copy of the science-fiction novel "Discipline" by Paco Ahlgren, which tells the story of a man developing extra-sensory powers through meditation. And totally by chance I discovered a copy of "The Tao of Physics" by Fritjof Capra; an exploration of the paralells between Eastern mysticism and modern physics.

It amazes me that by chance I purchased three seemingly different books (personal record, science-fiction and semi-scientific text) on the same day all of which tell of the usefulness of meditation and its benefits in our modern world.

Coincidence or not, my interest has peaked and I have been offered a glimmer of the enlightenment that all three of these books speak of.

I highly recommend each of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Thompson on 3 Mar. 2009
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This little book is rich with wonderfully straightforward reflections on consciousness and creativity. Each section is its own contained sutra for the artist (or anyone who wishes to live fully in their field). Buy it. Read it. Keep it to hand. Reach for it and open to any page. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joao Sousa on 26 May 2010
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If you are interested in understand a little bit of the David Lynch world - and films - you have to read this book.
He talk a lot about the benefits of meditation and how he use it to open his mind. Take a look, you don't regret it.
Besides this is a beautiful Hardcover book.
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