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Title:   Catching The Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
Author:   David Lynch
Times Read:   1
Last Read:   01.27.07

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01.27.07 So I had a bout of insomnia last night and ended up reading this book from 4:30am to 6:30am. It's absurdly short, with only 4 chapters stretching out to 3 pages long (most barely 1) and skipping all over the place subject-wise. There's some interesting movie-related thoughts in here as well as minor biographical notes, but mostly it's about how Trancscendental Meditation makes everything better. As I read this, it started dawning on me that, over the course of the last few days where I saw Lynch present his new movie Inland Empire and answer questions there, saw him at a PBS TV show taping talking and ansering questions there, and saw him at a book signing answering even more questions (where I suddenly got low blood sugar and collapsed into people around me. That was strange), I'd practically heard Lynch read the entire book in the form of answers to various questions. There really wasn't that much new in here that I hadn't heard him speak in the past 3 days. Oh well. At least now I have his book (signed) to look back on when I want to remember the time I got to hear him talk (and fainted). The big thing I think this book is missing is the how. So many times he credits meditating as being something you can do to make things easier and better in all aspects of life. But he doesn't talk at all about how he does it! He even says he thought the idea was bogus at first because the saying "happiness is knowing thy self" doesn't tell you how to do it, but then he writes a whole friggin book on meditating and doesn't tell you how! Maybe that's why you have to pay to go to the meditation centers? Maybe the mantras are like protected secret phrases that you're not supposed to tell other people? I don't know... All I know is that hearing him speak and reading his book, Lynch made me curious about meditation but his book didn't help satisfy any of my curisities at all. argh. But I guess that's David Lynch for you. In several "chapters" he mentions having epiphanies that ended up creating most of certain films, but refuses to say what those epiphanies were. The only film he really talks about with any specific detail is Inland Empire, which was very interesting to read, but still only 3 pages.



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