DAVID LYNCH: An Intentional Enigma? A Book Review of Sorts…Part I.

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DAVID LYNCH: An Intentional Enigma?  A Book Review of Sorts …Part I.


Many books claim to be transformative, however few truly measure up to the challenge.  “CATCHING THE BIG FISH” by David Lynch might actually be the insight you need for self-discovery, increased awareness or merely for entertainment.

You might be thinking as you are reading this, “Wait, is this the same David Lynch that brought us Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive?”  Why yes, yes this is that David Lynch.  One chapter entitled “BOB’S BIG BOY”  will please the fans of his films.  This chapter is full blown creepy and yet somehow whimsical Lynchian Daymare.


For those of you hoping for a deep dive into Twin Peaks, I will let you know now that this particular article won’t talk about Twin Peaks, Douglas Firs, Washington or Special Agent Dale Cooper at all.  It is hard to write about Lynch without brushing up against perhaps one of the most unique and popular television events of our time.  Oh damn, I’ve written a paragraph about Twin Peaks.  Is the log lady the voice of the filmmaker in disguise?  Enough!  I digress and apologize.


Speaking of paragraphs & chapters, David Lynch writes as though he is painting for us.  Strong succinct and at times nearly poetic brush strokes, using only enough syllables to convey some wisdom and yet leave us with just enough mystery to keep the wonder alive.  Some of his chapters are mere paragraphs and some are only one sentence long.  As the reader wades through the rich pages she is left with the sense that Lynch wants to impart some eternal truth without giving too much away.  He wants the reader to discover the tingling energy for herself or not at all.  This author expertly maintains an air of mystery either as a personality trait or by design, one is never sure which.


This Zen-like hardcover book may be one of the simplest yet deeply intelligent reads of this new century.  With insight into Universal Field Theory, quotes from ancient Sanskrit texts, and practical stories about the benefits of transcendental meditation this book will leave you reeling.  You may even want to take a break after reading it and then read it again.  I read it twice, and believe me I’m the type of reader that rarely reads a book twice.  Lynch has plenty to boast about when it comes to lifetime achievements and his contribution to cinema.  While he talks about his success with filmmaking, he sets his ego squarely aside and becomes instead the grateful sage attempting to give back and pass on the incredible realizations and discoveries he has seemingly stumbled upon.   I once met successful playwright Norm Foster while performing in a stage production in the Vancouver area and he had a different, yet similar story;  “It’s as if I’m merely a conduit for whomever or whatever is sending the ideas to me, the words aren’t there and then suddenly they are!”  This is not a direct quote and I’m sure this is pure butchery, however the sentiment is correct.


As you may know David Lynch started out as a fine artist, a painter to be precise, it was truly a wonder or perhaps an epiphany that led him to filmmaking at all.  How delightful to discover he is also a fine writer, cartoonist, composer whisperer and part-time carpenter.

“…I saw this light.  And it thrilled my soul…” This is a direct quote from page 31 of CATCHING THE BIG FISH.  If you are familiar with Lynch’s filmography, you might associate his persona more with darkness than light.  This book will show you that this transcendental Artist is purely aligned with the forces of peace, positivity and light.


Who is this book for:  CATCHING THE BIG FISH is for Everyone! Artists, Philosophers, Scientists, and anyone who studied the Humanities.  Creative types might benefit specifically as Lynch is quite generous with his personal story and the paths he’s traversed between struggles and success.  Democrats and Republicans will both like this book together in perfect harmony…yes America, I’m talking to you…yes you.  Film Fans will like the bits about Lynch’s most popular films.  I will even branch out and say this book is for children.  You could gift a child this book at a young age and they will only get more from it every time it is read.

Who this book isn’t for:  Goths or Speed-Metal enthusiasts will perhaps dislike it.  Haters will find a reason to hate even though the truth in this book is undeniable.  Please, please choose love and not fear.

Rating:  7/7

This is perhaps biased as it is my first book review for this site however I’m giving this read 100% 7/7!  I love this book from cover to cover and I hope that you will too.  I realize this book has been out for quite some time so this isn’t really a current review, however the book itself is timeless so who cares! ❤ For those 3y3 readers who are paying particular attention Part II will be out sometime in the Fall (Year TBA).  😉  Cheers, and happy summer reading .

3 thoughts on “DAVID LYNCH: An Intentional Enigma? A Book Review of Sorts…Part I.”

  1. Yes, it is wonderful that he took the experience of painting on canvas and applied it directly to creating films. Hollywood could use more directors of this ilk in my humble opinion.


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