Catching the Big Fish

  • by David Lynch
  • Narrated by David Lynch
  • 1 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Catching the Big Fish, internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch provides a rare window into his methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation. Lynch describes the experience of "diving within" and "catching" ideas like fish and then preparing them for television or movie screens and other mediums in which he works, such as painting, music, and design. Lynch writes for the first time about his more than three-decade commitment to Transcendental Meditation and the difference it has made in his creative process. In brief chapters, Lynch explains the development of his ideas: where they come from, how he grasps them, and which ones appeal to him the most. He specifically discusses how he puts his thoughts into action and how he engages with others around him. Finally, he considers the self and the surrounding world and how the process of "diving within" that has so deeply affected his own work can directly benefit others. Catching the Big Fish will come as a revelation to the legions of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it will be equally intriguing to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.


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Interesting insight into Lynch's creative process

I listened to this because I'm interested in using meditation to help alleviate writer's block. I found it useful for that purpose. And it was a lot of fun to hear a director whose films I love talk about the process of making them. On the other hand, a lot of this book consists of Lynch's sincere but somewhat naive promotion of the Transcendental Meditation movement. I quickly started feeling like he was trying to sell me something. And I definitely winced on his behalf when he started explaining that physicists "have discovered a Unified Field" underlying all of reality. The Unified Field Theory, as anyone who's had a college physics course knows perfectly well, is the Holy Grail of theoretical physics. But despite the grandiose sounding name, all it means is the ability to mathematically describe the force of gravity in terms of quantum mechanics. It's just an equation. That equation hasn't been discovered yet. And if and when it is, it will not introduce some new "unified field" underlying all of creation. It will just let us describe very large and very small events in the same mathematical language. Any copy editor worth his or her salt should have caught this mistake long before the book went to press, and it's just plain embarrassing that it made it into the audiobook. There was a lot of this kind of stuff scattered through the book though. Maybe it's just standard California New Age nonsense, but it definitely left me feeling like the kool-aid factor in TM was way to high for me. I still want to pursue meditation -- but this book made it clear that the transcendental meditation movement is not the place I want to do it. That said, if you love Lynch's films or if you are a working artist or writer, this book gives some really interesting insights into Lynch's creative process. You just have to take the TM stuff with a grain of salt, I guess ....
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- Jessica

Go Fish

This autobiographical tour through the creative process of one of the most interesting and influential American filmmakers may give you a few ideas of your own. Lynch's metaphor for finding inspiration -- catching fish -- seems an especially apt one for writers and, of course, filmmakers. The ocean where Lynch goes fishing is the unconscious, accessed (for him at least) through transcendental meditation. He's a tireless advocate for TM, but this book doesn't sound like a commercial message for the practice. In his folksy, matter-of-fact voice, he simply explains how it has helped him to come up with the mind-bending narratives and stunning images that define his films. The audiobook is divided into numerous brief chapters that would make it quite listenable on either short breaks or extended commutes.
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- Michael "Audiobooks are a big part of my life."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio