Catching the Big Fish

Catching the Big Fish

Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

Book - 2007
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In this "unexpected delight,"* 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.

Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker's methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.

Catching Ideas

Ideas are like fish.

If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.

Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.

I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.

Everything, anything that is a thing, comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the Unified Field. The more your consciousness-your awareness-is expanded, the deeper you go toward this source, and the bigger the fish you can catch.

--from Catching the Big Fish
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2007.
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781585426126
Branch Call Number: 158.125 LYNCH D
Characteristics: 180 pages ; 18 cm


From Library Staff

David Lynch is most known for his eclectic talents in film, television, art, and music. However, less familiar may be his practice of transcendental meditation. A practice that came into his life early on in his career that eased issues that he was experiencing regarding anger. After reading Catc... Read More »

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Feb 05, 2019

austin klein. low priority.

Aug 03, 2018

Great little snippets, and words of wisdom from David Lynch.

Dec 28, 2008

David Lynch's quirky, laconic yet somehow articulate style is well suited to a practical, accessible approach to meditation and spirituality and how they feed creativity. The insights into his creative process are intriguing and elucidating, and they also provide inspiration for one's own.


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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Lynch explores the role of meditation in his life and in his movies and how both have complimented him. You will learn some about his films and how he finds the time to practice TM and the health benefits he sees from it.


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