Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

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Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

Format:  Hardcover,

177 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Dec 2006

ISBN-13: 9781585425402

ISBN-10: 1585425400

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In this rare work of public disclosure, 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
Over the last four decades, David Lynch has created some of the best-known and widely discussed screen works of our time. This distinctive writer-director's art bears not only the mark of box-office success but also critical acclaim and cultural posterity.
Yet Lynch generally reveals little of himself, or the ideas behind his work. Now he provides a rare window into his methods as an artist and his personal working style. In "Catching the Big Fish," Lynch writes candidly about the tremendous creative benefits he has gained from his thirty-two-year commitment to practicing Transcendental Meditation.
In brief chapters, 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 Lynch works, such as photography and painting.
In the book's first section, Lynch discusses the development of his ideas-where they come from, how he grasps them, and which ones appeal to him the most. He then shares his passion for "the doing"-whether moviemaking, painting, or other creative expressions. Lynch talks specifically about how he puts his thoughts into action and how he engages with others around him. Finally, he discusses 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" provides unprecedented insight into Lynch's methods, as it also offers a set of practical ideas that speak to matters of personal fulfillment, increased creativity, and greater harmony with one's surroundings.
The book comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's deeply personal vision. And it is equally intriguing to anyone who grapples with questions such as: "Where do ideas come from?" and "How can I nurture creativity?

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Dec 2006
ISBN-13: 9781585425402
ISBN-10: 1585425400
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 177
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.0 x 7.0 x 0.75

Chapter outline

The first divep. 3
Suffocating rubber clown suitp. 7
Starting outp. 9
The art lifep. 11
A garden at nightp. 13
Curtains upp. 15
Cinemap. 17
Interpretationp. 19
The circlep. 21
Ideasp. 23
Desirep. 25
Consciousnessp. 27
Translating the ideap. 29
Los Angelesp. 31
Eraserheadp. 33
The pace of lifep. 35
Yogisp. 37
Bob's big boyp. 39
The angriest dog in the worldp. 41
Musicp. 43
Intuitionp. 45
The unified fieldp. 47
The fourth statep. 49
Getting therep. 51
Modern science and ancient sciencep. 53
Anywhere, anytimep. 55
Identityp. 57
Final cutp. 59
Therapyp. 61
Dreamsp. 63
Angelo Badalamentip. 65
Soundp. 67
Castingp. 69
Rehearsalp. 71
Fearp. 73
All together nowp. 75
Twin peaksp. 77
The continuing storyp. 79
The red roomp. 81
Ask the ideap. 83
Test audiencep. 87
Generalizationsp. 89
Darknessp. 91
Sufferingp. 93
Light of the selfp. 97
A tower of goldp. 99
Religionp. 101
Drugsp. 103
Turn on the lightp. 105
Industrial symphony no. 1p. 107
Lost highwayp. 109
Restrictionsp. 111
Mulholland drivep. 113
The box and the keyp. 115
A sense of placep. 117
Beautyp. 119
Texturep. 121
Working with woodp. 123
Having a setupp. 125
Firep. 127
Light on filmp. 129
The straight storyp. 131
Heroes of filmp. 133
Fellinip. 135
Kubrickp. 137
Inland empirep. 139
The namep. 143
Anew way to workp. 145
Director's commentaryp. 147
The death of filmp. 149
DV for young filmmakersp. 151
DV qualityp. 153
Future of cinemap. 155
Common sensep. 157
Advicep. 159
Sleepp. 161
Keep at itp. 163
Success and failurep. 165
Gone fishing, againp. 167
Compassionp. 169
Consciousness-based educationp. 171
Real peacep. 175
In closingp. 177

Book description

In this rare work of public disclosure, 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

Over the last four decades, David Lynch has created some of the best-known and widely discussed screen works of our time. This distinctive writer-director's art bears not only the mark of box-office success but also critical acclaim and cultural posterity.

Yet Lynch generally reveals little of himself, or the ideas behind his work. Now he provides a rare window into his methods as an artist and his personal working style. In Catching the Big Fish, Lynch writes candidly about the tremendous creative benefits he has gained from his thirty-two-year commitment to practicing Transcendental Meditation.

In brief chapters, 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 Lynch works, such as photography and painting.

In the book's first section, Lynch discusses the development of his ideas-where they come from, how he grasps them, and which ones appeal to him the most. He then shares his passion for "the doing"-whether moviemaking, painting, or other creative expressions. Lynch talks specifically about how he puts his thoughts into action and how he engages with others around him. Finally, he discusses 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 provides unprecedented insight into Lynch's methods, as it also offers a set of practical ideas that speak to matters of personal fulfillment, increased creativity, and greater harmony with one's surroundings.

The book comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's deeply personal vision. And it is equally intriguing to anyone who grapples with questions such as: "Where do ideas come from?" and "How can I nurture creativity?

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