Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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. Having practiced meditation for three decades, director Lynch discusses how it has influenced his life and helped him to concentrate his energy. Listeners may catch glimpses of creativity and consciousness, but Lynch's rants lack cohesion and substance. Within the audiobook's short chapters, Lynch barely broaches a topic before moving onto the next, leaving listeners to question his emphasis to go "deep." The most interesting aspects arise out of his anecdotes and comments about his films, like Eraserheadand Blue Velvet. His dry rattling voice hints at the passion behind his statements, but more often comes across as insistent and almost whiny. He reminds listeners that authors do not always make the best voices for their books. However, on the sound production end, the lightly blowing wind for the quotes from the Upanishads and Sutras adds mystical air to their reading. It's unfortunate that neither his words nor his voice live up to that standard. Simultaneous release with the Penguin/Tarcher hardcover (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585425402
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 693,465
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 7.35 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Three-time Oscarâ„¢-nominated director David Lynch is among the top filmmakers of our era. He recently received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival, adding to a long list of honors and awards. His popular and critically acclaimed films have been credited with propelling independent and avant-garde film into the mainstream. Lynch speaks regularly to standing-room crowds on a variety of topics. In 2005, he founded the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace (www.davidlynchfoundation.org), which raises funds to promote consciousness-based education for children.
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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Deep thoughts and tasty nuggets

    I've been a fan of David Lynch's films for many years and was surprised to find this book. Not knowing what to expect going in, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a book for tasty philosophical nuggets that has demanded repeated readings. The creativity stuff is spot on. Nice work. Now write another book David :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Not enlightening

    I read with the expectation that I would get a better insight into meditation. What I found was a series of chopped experiences that went nowhere. If you were already a David Lynch fan, I suppose you would be biased towards him, but an objective reader will be very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Insightful and enlightening!

    In a beautifully concise manner, this maestro of film direction gives us a taste of what makes his creative juices flow. Wonderful anecdotes are interspersed with advice for bringing creative ideas to life, as concise as a director¿s notes to his actors. Many of the chapters are introduced with quotes from ancient Vedic texts, and give the book a spiritual tone. It is obvious that David Lynch takes both film and book writing seriously. Mr. Lynch underscores the importance of his 30+ year practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique in getting him to where he is artistically today. He attributes his ability to ¿catch the big fish¿ ideas to his twice daily dipping into a well of creativity through TM. As a neurologist, I¿ve been impressed with the health benefits of TM, and it¿s great to see an artist so enthusiastic about this technique. He gives those of us who dabble in the arts a reason to hope that we can tap into our own artistic genius. I read through this book on a quiet afternoon, and I¿m ready to ¿go fishing¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Very interesting. A great read.

    I read this in a little under 2 hours, but that doesn't take away from its immense creativity. It was a great book. I would recommend it to anyone, even though I have never seen any of his films. Buy this today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    intriguing and delightful

    This book reminded me of Lynch's wonderful and understated 'Straight Story' in its unpretentious simplicity and quiet power. And like Straight, this book may not be what some Lynch fans initially were expecting. But don't let that throw you. This book is a gem! At first I thought I might have liked it more if it had some of Lynch's amazing art throughout it - some of his paintings, a few chosen film stills, maybe even some of his thoughtful stylish furniture. But as I sat back with the simple words on white pages (so UN-Lynchian some might at first think), I realized that every aspect of the book was an intentioned aquarium view of anecdotes and insights of the Lynch mind and art - an outstanding exposition of a cutting edge artist's approach to, and cultivation of, the creative process. Delightful and bold - I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Creative Flow

    Everybody wants something. We read biographies and self-help books to satisfy our deepest desires. We hope to gain insights that enable us to get more: more success, more love, more prosperity, more skill, more happiness. But all of that boils down to using what we already have. David Lynch¿s book is different. It is unique. He has found a tool that enables him to expand the container of knowledge. It is like being born with creativity the size of a golf ball and suddenly discovering we can grow our innate talents to the size of the Grand Canyon. Mr. Lynch has told us from his own personal experience what a transformation this tool has made in his life. He has related the scientific validation showing that this tool works for everyone. Catching the Big Fish is a wonderfully concise book that gives the secret formula for achieving anything we want in life. I wish that this book had been available to me when I was college age. At any age, this book is life transforming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    The Secret to World Peace... Meditation?

    David Lynch's new book, 'Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity' is creative, charming, brief and playful. Written in small passages that flow, despite uniquely defined ideas, and seem to jump right off the page and dance and twinkle in your mind as you continually turn the pages, Lynch takes the reader through a deeply contemplative--though subtle in description--journey into 'that which all things emerge.' I actually acquired this for a friend of mine and when I present it to him, I'll promptly admit to reading it--in its entirety--before giving it to him. I'll tell him how Lynch touches on his films, but only chooses one or two interesting anecdotal items regarding these films and then moves on. Much the same with his life. I'll also share with him the positivity that Lynch exudes throughout and how important and real this state of mind is to him. How his whole aim is to be less and less and less restricted by anger and depression and sadness and hostility and all the other negative aspects of life. According to Lynch, it's all because of Transcendental Meditation and consciousness-based education. Lately, he's been giving many interviews and talks and whatnot to propagate his progressive thinking with regards to the many benefits of Transcendental Mediation. His foundation--the 'David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace'--is dedicated to introducing and maintaining this principle to young people and educators around the world. In one passage of the book, Lynch says that Van Gogh 'would have been even more prolific and even greater if he wasn't so restricted by the things tormenting him. I don't think it was pain that made him so great--I think his painting brought him whatever happiness he had.' I suppose I'm charmed. And I now believe in world peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    Getting to know the man behind the camera

    This book is a gem. It's unique and surprising, just like his films. Like many great artists, he's not elaborate with words. But his writing has a kind of ultra simplicity and honesty that is intensely charming and revealing. This book is all over the map, from growing up in Montana, to filmmaking in LA, to his experiences with meditation and its relevance to his art and his life. I think that it is a rare look into the life of a real maverick--a pioneering artist. It¿s great!

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