To all who love Lynch’s films and still didn’t read CATCHING THE BIG FISH,
I highly recommend it.
It’s a great journey into his movies and also about TM (Trascendental Meditation),
a practice he has been doing for the last 30 years which helped him change the way he sees life,
improving his vision in a much more profound way.
Coffee, cigarettes and a spot of Transcendental Meditation.
I bought that when it came out, and despite reading several other books about Lynch in the interim, I haven’t gotten to that one yet. Thanks for the reminder.
It is a great little memoir, despite his pimping of TM.
The book is a good primer, but the problem with Lynch is he buys into the whole Maharishi Yogi marketing ploy. Lynch doesn’t really get the essence of meditation, which is this: Anyone can do it anywhere, anytime. You don’t have to sit in a soundproof room, twice a day for 15 minutes for it to work. That is all a TM marketing ploy to get you to pay to be a member of their church and use their meditation rooms. Other than that, the essence of meditation, and the potential bountiful results, is conveyed well.
Lynch and TM are like Travolta & Cruise for Scientology – basically, who cares? Wait until everyone embraces my ufo religion, then all the false gods will revert back to the devils that spawned them. Lynch, at least, has a few brains still left in his head (or does he? – discuss) that TM hasn’t yet exorcized. Sorry to any TM people out there – like the Beatles, Donovan, Mia Farrow – you all did well, guys, but keep the TM ‘pimping’ (thanks BB) out of it, please!
Meditation has done wonders for my panic attacks and depression. Cathing the Big Fish has been helpful for me.