"At the end of the novel, "Pyschical Detective" Lew Basnight complains about the movies turning "wild ancient days into harmless flickering entertainment." - Tom LeClair (1)
"Sitting in front of a fire is mesmerizing. It's magical. I feel the same way about electricity. And smoke. And flickering lights." - David Lynch (2)
I used to go weak-kneed when someone quoted the Upanishads. To quote the sweetest scripture is like quoting a tempting menu: "That which is unbounded is happy." Great, I'll have one to go please.
I'm only satiated by eating these days.
So it's wonderful to see David Lynch quoting the Upanishads liberally in Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. I'd been thinking about video and thinking about Lynch lately as I tend to surrealism and magic realism myself, so I did a double-take when I spotted his book in the Mountain View bookstore window.
(And maybe my fav quote from the book:) "We're like lightbulbs. If bliss starts growing inside you, it's like a light; it affects the environment... and if you ramp it up brighter and brighter, you enjoy more and more of it. And that light will extend out further and further." - David Lynch (2)
Working on INLAND EMPIRE was very different. We shot it entirely in digital video, so the level of flexibility and control was amazing.
Also, I didn't have a script. I wrote the thing scene by scene, without much of a clue where it would end. It was a risk, but I had this feeling that because all things are unified, this idea over here would somehow relate to that idea over there." - David Lynch (2)
"This reversion, if you will, to a cruder visual medium (but one that's in many ways more fluid, both for the actors – who can work through without pauses – and the editor – who has handy software – and the crew – who can be fewer, and work lighter), has stirred up the director's creative juices, brought him back in a way to the raw energies and immediacy of Eraserhead. Thus it's a return to youthful beginnings and yet something completely new. It's burning the bridges and rediscovering roots at the same time, which basically is what any artist to stay alive needs to do... After fifteen years of disappointment with and doubt about DL, it is possible to love his work again." - IMDb user Chris Knipp reviewing Inland Empire
So yeah, probably not a journal but a DV camera I'm taking to Nola end of February Mardi Gras 2007. We'll see where weaving New Orleans post-Katrina (water), 9/11 (fire), and 1906 SF
earthquake (earth), and perhaps an air element? -- and the Book of
Revelations, jazz and prophecy, Kerouac and Charlie Parker, unfold as it unfolds.
p.s. I'll be at Sundance Film Festival this Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Call, or text me if you'd like to meet up 408 513 7324.
p.p.s. Lynch's Inland Empire will be playing Feb 8th, 7 p.m. at the Castro Theater during SF IndieFest. From the IndieFest program: "The movie tells the story of an actress, Nikki Grace (the extraordinary Laura Dern), who is signed in to star in a movie that her neighbor (in a gloriously bizarre turn by Grace Zabriskie) warns her is based on a gypsy curse. The story unfolds like a Chinese box: a film within a film that flows back and forth from Hollywood to Poland and from real to surreal. And then there are the giant talking rabbits. Lynch's cinema works at a level below rational inquiry. [Or outside of it.] It's the stuff that dreams are made of."
(1) Tom LeClair, "Lead Zeppelin: Encounters with the unseen in Pynchon's new novel", Bookforum, Dec 2006/Jan 2007
(2) David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity