David Lynch — the famously secretive filmmaker, artist and transcendental meditator — wants to clear the air on all the “bullshit out there about me, in books and all over the Internet.” So he told The Guardian while announcing that he has joined forces with journalist Kristine McKenna to cowrite a book titled “Life and Work” due in 2017.
A sort of memoir meets biography, “Life and Work” will weave interviews with 90 of Lynch’s friends, family members and creative co-conspirators with the director’s own thoughts and reflections.
“I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here,” he said. “And I wouldn’t do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right.”
McKenna has published dozens of interviews over the years with major thinkers and artists, including Leonard Cohen, Captain Beefheart, Brian Eno, Richard Prince and Lynch himself, as folded into her collection “The Book of Changes.” Lynch’s co-author apparently tracked him down after having her “mind blown” by his debut film “Eraserhead” (which still tours rep houses in 35mm).
The news comes just a week ahead of “Mulholland Drive”‘s Blu-ray debut. After years of rumors, Criterion, which released “Eraserhead” and also houses his early short film collection, is releasing his 2001 brain-bender on October 27. Just in time for Halloween. Plus, with Lynch’s now-shooting revival of “Twin Peaks” also due on Showtime in 2017, the book will be a must-read. (Look back at first impressions of “Mulholland,” once called “incoherent garbage” by Rex Reed, here.)
Lynch’s last book “Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity” was published in 2007. Earlier this year, film critic and Lincoln Center programmer Dennis Lim authored “David Lynch: The Man from Another Place,” a critical ode to the filmmaker who has lived many lives as a painter, carpenter, musician, photographer and coffee maker.