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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lynch Narrator: David Lynch Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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In Catching the Big Fish, internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch provides a rare window into his methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

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 he works, such as painting, music, and design. Lynch writes for the first time about his more than three-decade commitment to Transcendental Meditation and the difference it has made in his creative process.

In brief chapters, Lynch explains the development of his ideas: where they come from, how he grasps them, and which ones appeal to him the most. He specifically discusses how he puts his thoughts into action and how he engages with others around him. Finally, he considers 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 will come as a revelation to the legions of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it will be equally intriguing to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ankur | 2/14/2014

    " I bought it and returned it the next day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/5/2014

    " Lynch gets some abuse for his devout love of meditation but this was an interesting read. He sounds pretty sane throughout and his thoughts on film are pretty great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/4/2014

    " Unlike some reviewers, I really think this gave a deep insight (even though the book is small) into how Lynch creates his art and the process he goes through. I've studied and understand the meditative process that he talks about although I'm not an avid meditator myself. Just as he talks about unity connecting everything, my own academic study of psychology has fed into what he discusses (in particular positive psychology, which also examines the empirical evidence to suggest the real and powerful benefits of meditation, which in turn leads to greater understanding of self and levels of happiness). It just clicks and makes sense for me. How he describes creativity and the clarity needed is excellent. The proceeds of the book go towards the development of TM oriented schools, in order to encourage children to be the best they can be. It is a wonderful antidote to the negativity sometimes courted by artists which is viewed as necessary to create their art. It is a useful tool for those true artists who wish to gain greater understanding of themselves, in order to create their art to the full of their potential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/23/2014

    " This comes with a disclaimer: I'm the publicist for this book. But I enjoyed reading it, as a long time Lynch fan, and it certainly conveyed the appeal of Transcendental Meditation. Also, it's one of the few books on the creative process that I've liked a lot; I generally prefer creating to reading about how to create. But this was a truly inspiring book by a bonafide genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 1/16/2014

    " This was a lighter read than anticipated. I expected a book, but instead got a coffee-table brochure on Transcendental Meditation and the films of David Lynch. Everything in it was nice and thoughtful and sweet, just a little thin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2014

    " I will have to be honest that I am very biased, David Lynch is one of my heroes. I just love the way his mind works and his positivity. This slim book may be written off by many as propaganda for transcendental meditation or as hokey, but it offers a great look into Lynch's mind and attitude and some really great insights for artists looking for advice on how to harness their creative flow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mira | 1/6/2014

    " This book is great...he has the best efficient way of writing and its bloody funny too! Great insights into film and the process of working on set in a different non bitchy way...some great stories about fellini and kubrick and people like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Busch | 12/30/2013

    " I read this in the bookstore in about 45 minutes. It's classic Lynch simplicity, and very inspiring. It made me look into meditation as a way of stimulating creativity... I just have to start doing it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lia | 12/30/2013

    " Stream of conscious writing that is fitting for the topic, but doesn't necessarily make for a great read. Really short though, with very short chapters, which is always a nice break. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 12/19/2013

    " Great Book. Inspiring for any artist. David lynch really breaks down the creative process and reveals what we strive for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 thegift | 12/10/2013

    " writing about music is like dancing about architecture... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/9/2013

    " So inspiring in so many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eugene Pustoshkin | 12/2/2013

    " Actually, I listened to the audio book narrated by Lynch himself. Wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Wentworth | 11/21/2013

    " David Lynch makes me smile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/12/2013

    " I can't help myself, I love listening to David Lynch talk. This book is like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Landry | 8/20/2012

    " David Lynch is famous for his dystopian visions of our society. In this book he talks about the importance of maintaining a positive, creative attitude through meditation. It's ok if one's characters suffer, but the artist needs to lead a balanced life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris S | 4/27/2012

    " Very relaxing and uplifting book. Doesn't really tell you much about TM though, but I guess that's not the point. Will definitely revisit this again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/20/2012

    " Very inspiring! It introduced me to transcendental meditation as a practice to uncover inner creativity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shae Cottar | 3/20/2012

    " David Lynch draws on 33 years in the practice of meditation and on its influence on the creative consciousness. Fun, easy read. Quick read....and full of great truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 11/15/2011

    " Words of wisdom from David Lynch - life, filmmaking, meditation, creativity, the world, his films, etc. It's really insightful into his process of making cinematic art, but also a welcome insight into his skewed look at the world. The audio version of the book is a must have for any fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ma | 7/18/2011

    " it's lynch. the guys makes me think. and feel good inside. yeah, fantastic spiels on creativity and the spirit. multiple thumbs up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krystle | 7/17/2011

    " God awful. Read like a stretched out interview on Lynch's hippy dippy beliefs and very little on his creative process (like the cover promised). Shame on me for even bothering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 matt | 6/12/2011

    " flimsly little glimpse into Lynch's guarded mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dlemunyan | 5/17/2011

    " wisdom for any artist, filmmaker or creative person not taught in art schools. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 4/27/2011

    " This little tome is high on plugging Transcendental Meditation, low on actual insight into creativity. If poor writing like this is the result of dedicated TM practice, I'll be happy to stay away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 4/23/2011

    " More in this book than I expected, and also less. Go figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 4/20/2011

    " A really fun and surprisingly enlightening little book that you can read in under an hour (and still get full credit for reading an entire book by David Lynch!).
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sisterimapoet | 4/8/2011

    " Lots of little bite sizes pieces, so no great depth to any of the insights. But good to read a bit about Lynch's creative process. I find reading about how people make what they make as inspiring as any particular techniques they suggest to use. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 2/22/2011

    " David Lynch has some interesting observations here, and some pages that read like unedited, banal journal entries. But the book is such a quick read, I didn't mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DwyerTeacher | 2/17/2011

    " An odd look into an odd mind. What a guy! For those of who don't think this adds anything to Lynch's work, for those of you who don't feel like you understand his films more after reading this, you missed the point of what Lynch does. I for one, loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Random | 2/3/2011

    " ... My Developer, David Lynch ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lettycia | 1/11/2011

    " good one, and interesting parts about wild at heart and others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/2/2011

    " I liked finding out random trivia like the fact that Laura Dern and Ben Harper are married and that association gave rise to the title "INLAND EMPIRE" and I LOVE David Lynch's movies, but this book was just too "lite" and substanceless. It did inspire me to meditate though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 12/31/2010

    " Interesting background to his creative process "

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