In 2007 David Lynch released “Catching the Big Fish”, a candid but brief collection of David’s writing on creativity, consciousness and meditation. For anyone familiar with Lynch, you probably know he has practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) since the 70’s and is a big supporter of its campaigns around the world-and it undoubtedly plays a huge role in his day-to-day life. Lynch is also notoriously cryptic in interviews when pressed for details about his films and is also known for refusing to do dvd commentaries which makes this book a unique and unfiltered statement from the man himself.
Lynch goes on to tell of stories of growing up in Montana and Washington and how he became involved in TM and its impact on his work dating all the way back to Eraserhead. He also addresses most of his other projects like Blue Velvet and Lost Highway with insightful stories and even opens up about his disappointment and sadness in making Dune and the lessons he learned from it. Lynch also writes at length about overcoming artistic obstacles and the pursuit of creative fulfillment, usually relating back to TM. The book is an incredibly quick and easy read with very brief chapters and Lynch’s straightforward “gee whiz” manner.
While at times the book feels like a big TM commercial, it is never overbearing and it is consistently related back to the creative process or incorporated into an intriguing story. Amusing, inspirational, and entirely relatable for any level of artist. For any Lynch fan or anyone else interested in creativity, it is highly recommended reading. Check it out on amazon here.