Catching the Big Fish

Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

Hardcover, 192 pages

English language

Published Dec. 28, 2006 by Tarcher.

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4 stars (1 review)

In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker's methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.Catching IdeasIdeas are like fish.If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge …

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4 stars

A series of thoughts (similar to "daily affirmation"-style books with insights from the Dalai Lama) from filmmaker and grade A dude David Lynch, in which he attempts to explain how he has used the benefits of TM to dive deeper into his consciousness and "catch" creative ideas. A quick, fun read that offered a lot of optimism, but not suitable for those looking to research either Lynch's work/biography or TM specifically.


  • Individual film directors, film-makers
  • Oriental Philosophy
  • Self-Help
  • Psychology
  • Creativity
  • Meditation
  • Self-Help / Creativity
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Transcendental Meditation