Room To Dream

Room To Dream

Book - 2018
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"In this memoir, David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced--sometimes successful, sometimes not--to bring his projects to fruition. Part-memoir, part-biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch's own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with ninety of Lynch's friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians, and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art."--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399589195
Characteristics: 577 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McKenna, Kristine


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Tigard_AdrianneD Feb 11, 2020

I listened to the audiobook and I found it delightful to listen to David Lynch tell his own stories. Sometimes you would get information about his film and directing process, sometimes you would get a story about Marlon Brando eating a banana and tomato at his house with extreme relish. Filled with little treasures about all the films he could have directed as well, many of which were a surprise to me. For indepth discussion on the meaning of his films, look elsewhere, but if you're curious about how Lynch sees the world and how he describes things and enjoys the mundane, this is the ticket.

Hillsboro_BrianS Sep 11, 2019


Listening to David Lynch tell stories in his own voice is a wonderful, magical thing, which is why you should LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION. The tales from his childhood and early years, up through the making of Eraserhead are just the best, and I wish they'd go on forever.
Once we hit Blue Velvet, though --and not coincidentally-- his storytelling and conversational manner become more guarded and circumspect. Still, it's David Lynch!

Sep 06, 2019

Half biography by Kristine McKenna, half memoir by David Lynch himself, Room to Dream is a sprawling masterpiece sure to satisfy Lynch fanatics that may also be a good springboard for newbies looking to discover Lynch's works without blindly diving into the deep ocean of surrealism the esteemed director is best known for. Although film is the format Lynch is most closely associated with, he is actually a masterful multimedia artist of the highest order; a constant creator and avid daydreamer, Lynch is able to build his own set pieces, assist in sound design, act, paint, and sculpt. He is a creative dynamo with a distinct vision, a combination that makes him one of the most singular artists in modern times. The only real drawbacks to this book are the many discussions about Lynch and his team's difficulty in securing funding for his strange films and minute details about his musical and gallery art excursions that won't interest every fan. There is also a puff piece element that glosses over a certain selfishness that makes him out to be a rather aloof partner to his many wives and girlfriends, and a pretty absentee father. All-in-all, though, Room to Dream is a riveting experience, and the photography that punctuates the chapters is exquisite.

LPL_DirectorBrad Nov 27, 2018

Finally finished this book after months of sporadic reading. Luckily, this book lends itself to that type of reading. Holy cow, entering the world if David Lynch is such a pleasure. I've been a casual fan of his movies and Twin Peaks for decades but this book was a revelation about his life. The back and forth of biography (written superbly by Kristin McKenna) is a unique and effective style. Highly recommended to anyone with a passing interest in David Lynch.

Sep 08, 2018

If you are a Lynch fan you will enjoy this book. Interesting stuff

Aug 08, 2018

Its is as if you lived a greater life and were able to write your autobiography real well. This is it. Explains the stronger mindset of 'the boomer' How simple and precise the details can be.

Jul 24, 2018

Good book- it alternates between friends and family telling stories about David Lynch, and then switched to Lynch's own point of view. Some interesting yarns .

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