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Catching the Big Fish

Catching the Big Fish

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity , a book by David Lynch film director, is an autobiography and self-help guide [1] comprising 84 vignette-like chapters. [2] Lynch’s comments on a wide range of topics “from metaphysics to the importance of screening your movie before a test audience.” [3] Catching the Big Fish was inspired by Lynch’s Transcendental Meditation (TM), which he began practicing in 1973. In the book, Lynch writes about his approach to filmmaking and other creative arts . Catching the Big Fishwas published by Tarcheron December 28, 2006. [1] [2] [4] [5] [6] [7]

The book

The title refers to Lynch’s idea that “if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper”. To Lynch, going deeper means clustering experiencing a deeper, more expanded state of consciousness, or a transcendental fourth state of consciousness, [2] an experience He Has Believes During meditation goal is unusual in ordinary daily life. [6] According to Lynch, this experience expands artistic capacity. [4]

Lynch tells the reader that he did not want to meditate. [4] How does it work? Transcendental Meditation on the advice of his sister. At the time, he was struggling to complete Eraserhead , his first feature film, and his first marriage was ending. He was out of money with a young daughter to support. Lynch’s father and brother admonished him to abandon Eraserhead and become responsible. Lynch started meditation and took a job delivering the Wall Street Journal for $ 50 a week. Before meditation, he felt empty. When he started meditation, he felt “weight lifted” and fear and negativity dissolved. He saved money, kept his focus and slowly completed the movie over the next four years, one scene at a time.[1] The lead actor stayed with the project and waited three years for Lynch to complete the film. [4]

Lynch writes about the continuing effects of meditation on his creative process. [4] He explains that his imagination is loosed by meditation and creative concepts while surface is meditating. [1] He believes that from meditation, he is uniquely open to creative ideas. [6] These ideas inspired the rabbit and Greek prostitute characters in his film Inland Empire . [1]From OJ Simpson’s trial came the idea for Bill Pullman’s character in Lost Highway . [4]

Lynch’s creative innocence lends itself to his unconventional casting style. He writes that auditioning actors do not read from his script. Instead, they speak while he considers the possibility of the actor playing in the film. [6] Lynch reconciles the seeming disparity. The world is dark, he reasons, and movies are stories about the world. Good and evil are components of stories. [4] For Lynch, inner peace and “external edginess” can coexist. [1]Lynch reveals that he does not see the need for an artist to suffer. He does not believe in artists. “Let your characters do the suffering,” is his perspective. Artists can leave Suffering behind without Sacrificing their “edge.” [2] On the other hand, During a one-time, 30 second consultation, “shrink” Told _him_ That Psychological Counseling Could diminish Lynch’s creativity, Causing Lynch to promptly end the session. [6]

Lynch believes that this is a powerful inspirational tool for children. The book talks about where meditation is now part of the curriculum. [6] Lynch says in meditation he experiences an “ocean of pure love, pure peace,” which is “pure compassion.” This gives him the ability to help others in a meaningful way. All proceeds from the book are donated to the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, which funds TM instruction in schools. [4]

Lynch’s book reviews his practical pointers for artists. He mentions the importance of allocating preparation time (ie, getting set up), and uninterrupted time to create the finished project. He believes in a seminal idea is sufficient to start the creative process, which proceeds based on the artist’s “action and reaction.” Likewise, an artist needs to be “receptive to ideas” rather than trying to formulate them. Ideas start as “fragments,” which attract other ideas. Blue Velvet , for example, started with the thought of red lips, green lawns, and the song by Bobby Vinton. Lynch opines that the artist’s intuition guides the creative process so he knows if his direction is right. Artists need to be fully equipped to quickly harvest their fresh creative impulses. [2]

Lynch is synonymous with digital video, saying he will not go back to film. [2] He is Developing a web series for On Networks based is Catching the Big Fish [8]

Catching the Big Fish is also available as an audiobook , with Lynch performing the audio.


According to reviewers, the tone of Catching the Big Fish is “surprisingly gentle,” [4] “folksy” and “direct.” [7] Critics offered differing opinions about Lynch’s coverage of Transcendental Meditation. One commentator called Lynch’s predominantly promotional approach, [2] while another reviewer found minimal proselytizing on the topic. [4] Commentators viewed the 84 vignette-like chapters as entertaining stories, uncontroverted advice, [2] and “an unexpected delight” that unlocks the secret of Lynch’s distinctive imagination. [9]

One reviewer observed the conflict between Lynch’s experiences in his meditation and his life and the dark, disturbing, and bliss-less Lynch movies creates. [6] For another, Lynch’s “gentle wisdom” came across as “encouraging, calming insights into the beyond.” [10] Another perceived deficiency in the book is the lack of details about Transcendental Meditation and how it’s practiced, creating a “tantalizing aim unsatisfying “effect [2] and the feeling that the reader is” on the outside looking in. ” [6] Ultimately, Lynch’s love of creating movies and transcendence along with his unique perspective are seen as themes that he admires and would-be filmmakers can relish. [4] [5]


  1. ^ Jump up to:f Williams, Alex (December 31, 2006). “David Lynch’s Shockingly Peaceful Inner Life” , The New York Times . Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Jump up to:i Catching the Big Fish book review , Tools for Thought . Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  3. Jump up^ Bernstein, Jacob (November 20, 2006), “Deep Thoughts; David Lynch Talks Meditation “,WWD
  4. ^ Jump up to:k Biggs Cheryl (January 14, 2007). Catching the big fish book review , Variety . Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Brussel, Frederic and Mary Ann. Catching the Big Fish Book Review , Spirituality & Practice . Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Jump up to:h Lodge, Michael. Catching the big fish book review , The Red Alert . Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Powers, Ann (January 23, 2007). “Donovan, Lynch: Mellow Fellows” , Los Angeles Times . Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  8. Jump up^ The New York Observer ; October 30, 2008; “David Lynch goes digital for the web show” (Conference news); New York, NY
  9. Jump up^ The Boston Globe ; December 24, 2006; Bolick, Kate; “Q & A David Lynch”; Boston, MA
  10. Jump up^ The Independent on Sunday ; March 11, 2007; Romney, Jonathan; “In Odd We Trust”; London, England