To all the fans of David Lynch’s work in the movies and TV productions, Chris Rodley offers this special revised edition of his interviews with the celebrated Director. In Lynch on Lynch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005) Rodley lets David tell a good deal about his career and vision as a creative soul.
Each of the 11 chapters in the book explores David Lynch’s creative journey spanning his life from early childhood up to the production of Mulholland Drive (2001). The reader learns the behind-the-scenes details of David’s creative projects, challenges, serendipity, hiccups, and success stories. Each chapter offers a little more taste of Lynch, and one never feels full.
Rodley’s book also touches on David Lynch’s off-screen talent, as in painting and transcendental meditation. In conversation, David comes as a very spontaneous and genuine mind to his fans beyond his screen charm. And it should come as no surprise to those familiar with his movie and TV work that Lynch has a deep appreciation of art and an instinctive sense of place.
The book has stills from David’s famed works as well as behind-the-scene photos showing David at work as a director. The last pages of the book include a summary of Lynch’s films, TV work, and other creative projects like paintings and commercials.
This book is not David’s biography and there isn’t much personal information about his life beyond the creative journey. It is mostly about his work and creative vision. But it’s quite enjoyable and offers a good serving of the special Lynchish-flavored goodies for thought.
Disclaimer: The reviewer is a fan of David Lynch’s work.