Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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p. vii

We’d like to first thank the contributors to this work, whose diligence and insight helped to create this excellent volume on David Lynch. We would also like to thank everyone at the University Press of Kentucky—especially Mark Conard, Anne Dean Watkins,...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-4

Award-winning film director, producer, and writer David Lynch is perhaps best known for his unorthodox filmmaking style. The Lynchian cinema is distinctively unique. From his cult classic film...

Part 1

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“THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM”

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pp. 7-24

Our world is not inherently logical—we impose logic upon it to make sense of the random and absurd happenings all around us and to create a sense of order out of chaos. Th e beauty of the work of filmmaker David Lynch is that he not only recognizes this basic truth about...

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INTUITION AND INVESTIGATION INTO ANOTHER PLACE

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pp. 25-44

If there is one thing that viewers remember about David Lynch’s hit ABC television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), it is surely FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) dream at the culmination of “Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer” (season 1, episode 2). Amid a succession...

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THE HORRORS OF LIFE’S HIDDEN MYSTERIES

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pp. 45-60

Many of us are lucky enough to live ordinary, comfortable lives untouched by the violence and disasters we hear about on the news. But what if there exists a horrific, violent, and evil reality hiding just below the surface of even the most seemingly secure lives? After the events...

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THE THING ABOUT DAVID LYNCH

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pp. 61-76

Let’s begin by arguing there are movie experiences that, at first take, are very difficult to put into words. Whether they inspire us to be deliriously happy or bone-shakingly frightened, there is something about these extraordinary films that fills us with a heightened emotional response,....

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THE WORLD AS ILLUSION

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pp. 77-92

Th is essay addresses the shaping of the phenomenal world, or the world of experience, in two films by David Lynch: Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Dr. (2001). These films form an interpretational challenge due to their unclear narratives, characterized by fluid characters, winding, unstitched structures, nonlinear time, and incoherent...

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE SELF

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pp. 95-112

In 1929, Arthur O. Lovejoy observed that, for future historians of philosophy, the twentieth century would prove to be the “Age of the Great Revolt against Dualism.” As a theological concept,..

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CITY OF DREAMS

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pp. 113-126

While it commands its audience’s attention with the allure of familiar forms, David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (2001) simultaneously subverts multiple cinematic conventions. Th ough Lynch employs archetypal elements of film noir (e.g., the presence of a femme fatale and a...

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CONSTELLATIONS OF THE FLESH

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pp. 127-142

The Straight Story (1999) opens with a peaceful set of a lazy sunny afternoon in a typical suburban yard that is suddenly interrupted by a sound of a fall. Only aft er a while the backyard neighbors who break into the house find that the sound was caused by Alvin Straight...

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DAVID LYNCH’S ROAD FILMS

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pp. 143-158

Th e history of narrative has oft en been dominated by a character or characters on a quest. Homer’s Odyssey, to begin at the beginning, establishes a pattern: the central character desires to return home, but the long journey is fraught with dangers and unexpected....

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LYNCH’S ZARATHUSTRA

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pp. 159-172

David Lynch’s The Straight Story (1999) centers on a seventy-three-year-old World War II veteran, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), who lives in the farmlands of Laurence, Iowa, with his daughter, Rose (Sissy Spacek). On a thunderous night, as if being struck by lightning,...

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“THERE’S A SORT OF EVIL OUT THERE”

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pp. 175-188

David Lynch’s well-known practice of Transcendental Meditation, a form of mantra meditation, and his application of Eastern religious teachings to his work in film and art invite comparisons of the director’s work to that of other writers and artists who have...

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“IN HEAVEN EVERYTHING IS FINE”

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pp. 189-206

Like most films by David Lynch, Eraserhead (1977) presents a challenge for its interpreters. Any attempt to come up with a coherent interpretation of this film must acknowledge that the film is comprised of several narrative sequences that interweave and interrupt each...

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THE MONSTER WITHIN

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pp. 207-224

In the TV sitcom Seinfeld episode “The Pick” (season 4, episode 13), Jerry Seinfeld, the stand-up comedian whose observations on the minutiae of the mundane provide the essence of the show, is caught in his car picking his nose in a traffic jam. More exactly,...

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PROPHESIES, EXPERIENCE,AND PROOF

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pp. 225-238

In his film Dune (1984), director David Lynch presents us with the religious journey of Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), son of Duke Leto (Jürgen Prochnow) and Lady Jessica Atreides (Francesca Annis). In this film set in the year 10,191, Paul’s parents are the heads of the House of...

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. 239-242

INDEX

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pp. 243-248