That said, David Lynch has a new book out now, called Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. He has apparently just discovered the benefits of meditation and has been able to explain everything in the cosmos, including all his works, by way of transcendental mediation. The following is an unedited excerpt. This is for real. This actually got published by a real publishing house (Penguin):
When I started meditating, I was filled with anxieties and fears. I felt a sense of depression and anger.
I often took this anger out on my first wife. After I had been meditating for about two weeks, she came to me and said, “What’s going on?” I was quiet for a moment. But finally I said, “What do you mean?” And she said, “This anger, where did it go?” And I hadn’t even realized that it had lifted.
I call that depression and anger the Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit of Negativity. It’s suffocating, and that rubber stinks. But once you start meditating and diving within, the clown suit starts to dissolve. You finally realize how stinky it was when it starts to go.
I have a very good friend here in San Diego (who only browses this blog for the ads) who has written a brilliant book that he cannot get published. The book needs a bit of polishing, but overall, it blows David Lynch right out of his rubber clown suit. There is no way that Lynch’s book would ever have been published if it weren’t by David Lynch. That’s sad. Here’s another pearl:
Sitting in front of a fire is mesmerizing. It’s magical. I feel the same way about electricity. And smoke. And flickering lights.
And ham sandwiches. And the sound of my own voice.
I just discovered that he also sells coffee on his website. All proceeds from sales of his $11.95 per 8oz of organic coffee go towards the David Lynch Scholarship Fund at the American Film Institute, presumably to make more David Lynchs out of incoming film students. Great.
OK, last excerpt coming up. The pretentiousness in this one was really too much for me to bear:
Eraserhead is my most spiritual movie. No one understands when I say this, but it is.
Eraserhead was growing in a certain way, and I didn’t know what it meant. I was looking for a key to unlock what these sequences were saying. Of course, I understood some of it; but I didn’t know the thing that just pulled it all together. And it was a struggle. So, I got out my Bible and I started reading. And one day, I read a sentence. And I closed the Bible, because that was it; that was it. And then I saw the thing as a whole. And it fulfilled this vision for me, 100 percent.
I don’t think I’ll ever say what that sentence was.
Oh please please please David, tell me what that sentence was! I want to transcend this earthly shell too! I need to achieve enlightenment in order to understand your films!
His next film should be: Pretentious Douchebag: The David Lynch Story.
Load up the Book Catapult, this one's going over the wall.