Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch
Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

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In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker's methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.

Catching Ideas

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.

Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.

I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.

Everything, anything that is a thing, comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the Unified Field. The more your consciousness-your awareness-is expanded, the deeper you go toward this source, and the bigger the fish you can catch.


--from Catching the Big Fish
 

About David Lynch

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Three-time Oscar-nominated director David Lynch is among the leading filmmakers of our era. From the early seventies to the present day, Lynch's popular and critically acclaimed film projects, which include Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive, are internationally considered to have broken down the wall between art-house cinema and Hollywood moviemaking.
 
Published December 27, 2007 by Tarcher. 200 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Lynch blends biography, filmography, spiritual quotes and his philosophical perspective on the life-changing capabilities of transcendental meditation, all within two and a half hours.

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BC Books

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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.

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David Lynch's first film, Eraserhead (1977), a dark, disturbing and deeply surreal exploration of the director's own subconscious, was initially pronounced as unreleasable upon completion, but in short time became a cult classic and critical success, launching Lynch to the forefront of avant-gard...

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Kepler's

With frank and succinct writing, (chapters average a 1 page in length), Lynch provides insight into his creative process: his methods;

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Variety

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.

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Lynch is a great believer in meditation and its benefits for all creative people: "Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easy, effortless technique that allows any human being to dive within, to experience subtler levels of mind and intellect, and to enter this ocean of pure consciousness, the U...

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