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Room to Dream

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  271 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Canongate Books
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“When I picture Boise in my mind, I see euphoric 1950s
chrome optimism”, David Lynch said.
When he was 14, his family moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Though Lynch flourished as a high school student in Alexandria...leaving Boise is when the music stopped...
but the 1950’s never really ever went away for David....
girls in bobby sox and saddle shoes, classic rock ‘n’ roll, smoking cigarettes, BBQ’s - most: the *mood* of the time.... the innocence & goodness....and the dark forces pulsing beneath
Kasa Cotugno
In depth analysis of David Lynch and his creative processes. Each section is composed of two parts, one a biography, the other, a memoir illuminating the former. I've always been curious as to why someone who hit it out of the park with Eraserhead and Elephant Man was such a poor choice for Dune, but with subsequent work illustrating his influences more strategically, he redeemed himself. His small town upbringing is twisted on its ear (literally) with Blue Velvet, and his memory of going huntin ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I adore David Lynch; he is without doubt my favourite film maker and probably my biggest idol so it’s not surprising that I loved this book. David comes across as charming, unusual and creative and this is conveyed in the book really well and you get some wonderful insight in to his unique mind.

I liked the style of the book as well, Kristine McKenna produced a biography based on interviews with over 100 people and after each section David adds to this and expands the facts further with a persona
“Nobody is neutral on the subject of Lynch.”

Truer words have never been written!

Do you ever watch INLAND EMPIRE two or three times in a row and feel like you don’t understand the world anymore? Yeah, me neither… Then, reading this book, you’ll come across Noriko Miyakawa’s words - “The parts of the film you don’t understand point to places in yourself that need examining” - and feel you need to do some more soul searching, because nowhere in here is this bad boy explained. Simply that “it’s
Straight off the bat I have to say: don't believe the way this book describes itself. Statements like "David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision", "An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch" and "Lynch’s lyrical, intimate, and unfiltered personal reflections riff off biographical sections" make it sound like this book will explore his creative process in some way, but it doesn't. When it talks ...more
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‘Traditional and comprehensive on one side while whimsical and irreverent on the other, Room to Dream manages to have it both ways...[A]n enthusiastic, contagious tribute to creativity itself.’

‘Room to Dream is described as “part-memoir, part-biography” and this duality proves to be extraordinarily productive…This enlightening and exhaustive book should be an essential way of discovering more about [Lynch] and his world.’

‘...the blending of biography and memoir into a kind of bio
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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For people who love to read how artist, actors, and writer's grew, struggled, fought heaven and hell to be as famous as they have become, this book is for them. David Lynch has been a terrific writer and famous for his share of the TV Show Twin Peaks. I won this in a goodreads giveaway and I'm thankful to Random house and Goodreads for letting me enjoy this bio. memoir told by Lynch and his friends. Good Read.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about David Lynch, his life, art and films. This is a fascinating and enlightening book. It helps of course if you're familiar with his movies (and his music) but even if you're not you should get a lot out of this read. You may come out the other side of this book a different person (and I'm only half-joking about that). Worst case, only your doppelganger will come out. ;)
My love for and appreciation of his work have deepened, th
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a must read for Lynch fans. Totally absorbing. That said, it’s kind of hard to imagine anyone without a lot of admiration for and knowledge of Lynch loving this. For everyone else, an incredible read.

Truly an original American voice which, for all kinds of reasons (discussed here in oblique and not so oblique terms) seems harder and harder to come by. Lots of insights but no definitive answers; this is a David Lynch (semi) autobiography after all.
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May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Room to Dream” by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna is structured as a conversation about his life with the reader. This book is a storyteller at his best, recalling the stories of his life, the events that made him the complex person that he is. Readers want to know every detail. He pulls us into his life as he pulls us into his movies, and his stories, like his movies, are full of enlightenment cloaked in dark humor.

Lynch grew up in a small town, and with the usual middle-class experiences. He
Richard Gray
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 leaning towards 4 maybe?

If you're expecting to find out how the baby was made in Eraserhead or the nature of the rift between him and Michael J. Anderson, you should look elsewhere.

"This book is a chronicle of things that happened," the authors explain in the introduction, "not an explanation of what those things means." They put it more succinctly elsewhere: it's "a person having a conversation with his own biography." Both of these things seem like an intriguing prospect individually, and
Tasha Robinson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed this one here for NPR Books. But here's the short version: I learned a lot about David Lynch's personal history from this book, and especially about his habit of ending long-term relationships by taking up with a new woman behind the old one's back, then eventually telling the previous one that their marriage (or in Isabella Rossellini's case, relationship) was over. It bothered me a bit that he romanticizes this process as "Then I fell in love with so-and-so, it was amazing," but on th ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Filmmaker David Lynch notoriously eludes talking about his work, so a nearly 600-page memoir is quite a surprise. In an effort to create a definitive biography, Lynch and coauthor Kristine McKenna have produced ROOM TO DREAM , a tantalizing hybrid of biography and autobiography. McKenna, who interviewed more than 100 people, writes the straightforward biography chapters offering perspectives from ex-wives, producers, cast and crew members. A chapter by Lynch follows, elaborating on the preceding ...more
Matthew Wilder
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Lightweight but fun account of the making of David Lynch. Feels like the text to a nonexistent self-made Lynch coffee table book.
Robin Bonne
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading this, I still don’t know how he made the baby from Eraserhead.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Room to Dream by David Lynch is a big book - almost 500 pages, and thoroughly worth it! What a ride and what a story, David Lynch is as creative in the telling of himself as he is in creativing amazing scripts. Two things I loved besides the story is one, chapter titles listed - I did a bit of jostling around and two, David Lynch tells the stories of his life; growing up, family, work, passion, vision and co-author Kristine McKenns follows each chapter with the back up story with interviews and ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a read this is. I was completely enthralled and entranced. Being a big fan of David Lynch's work I was very excited to read this new biography/memoir hybrid. The design of the book works really well and everything flows naturally.

The biography portions were lovingly written by Kristine McKenna and then are followed by memoir portions written by David Lynch himself.

This is a beautiful package of knowledge.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Lynch is friend to everyone he ever meets. Even the people who he has cut out of his life, sometimes ruthlessly, still speak fondly of him. He has an energy that people who he works with latch on to. He’s the sort of man you’d probably agree to work with regardless of the circumstances, simply because he’s David Lynch. This brings us to Room to Dream, a memoir which combines fairly straightforward oral history prose composed by long time Lynch friend Kristine McKenna with chapter by chapte ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A treat for David Lynch fans but probably not for the casually interested. Loved the background on his childhood and artistic education and early filmmaking. While Lynch is characteristically indirect on how he puts his ideas together, one does get a good sense of his process which involves extreme focus to the point of exclusion of every potential distraction, including family and loved ones; following ideas intuitively for how they connect, especially in a visual sense rather than a narrative ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The inscrutable auteur David Lynch has delivered a number of memorable films that enthrall and confuse viewers. In Room to Dream we get to peek behind the camera to see what drives the visionary director and artist.

In this autobiographical work that's a collaboration between Lynch and Kristine McKenna, the chapters alternate between interviews with more than 100 colleagues, friends and family and Lynch's own recollections of events. The biography ranges from stories of his growing up in a small
Mark Mulvey
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Most people’s lives are filled with mystery, but things move super fast nowadays and there’s not much time to sit and daydream and notice the mystery. There are fewer and fewer places in the world now where you can see the stars in the night sky, and you’ve got to go a long way out of L.A., to the dry lake beds, to see them now. One time we were out there shooting a commercial and at two in the morning we turned off the lights and lay down on the desert floor and just looked up. Trillions of st ...more
Rob Hermanowski
"Room to Dream" is a biography of famed filmmaker and artist David Lynch, written by both Lynch and biographer Kristine McKenna. For any fan of Lynch's work, this is an absolute must-read, and I would strongly encourage consuming this in audio format. Chapters were written, and are read, alternately by McKenna and Lynch himself. The book was conceived as both a biographical factual piece (in which all major events life events, as well as details of the creation of films and other artwork, are co ...more
Paulo Mota
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do I get from David Lynch? What do I learn? Things that move me the most. Integrity. Honesty. Warmth. Compassion. Love. Everything could be pitch black, just hold on. Hold on to yourself. It isn't about money or success, its about doing what you love, no matter what. This is what David Lynch has to tell everyone. I had read it on Lynch on Lynch and Beautiful Dark. Room to Dream gives you just that. Its about knowing what you already know, but its current. Its a driving force. We need to lov ...more
Sean Kennedy
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the formatting of this memoir - McKenna does your standard biographical text with interviews of those who knew Lynch, and Lynch responds to it with his own version of events. The devil is in the details, and Lynch is as Lynch as Lynch can be in his responses.
Matheus Borges
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is like spending an afternoon with an old relative and listening to his stories, the same stories he's already told you a million times. You're so familiar with these anecdotes you know all the pauses, all the analogies and punchlines your old relative has perfected over the years to make the stories more entertaining. Despite this, you keep your mouth shut and listen to them one more time because you love him.
Lee Monks
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a hagiography, but surely you need no convincing. Despite the often gushing biography narrative, there are some doozy anecdotes. Marlon Brando drives round hungry but there's only a tomato and a banana in the fridge: not to worry, Marlon tucks in. (Bit of salt on the tomato, sorted.) There's something called a 'Chair Pull', the description of which is unmissable. He kisses Elizabeth Taylor but doesn't want to marry her. He collects dental implements.

Plenty of great stuff on the films, with
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great insights into a truly creative mind. Only wish it was longer.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the audiobook version, both writers, David Lynch and Kristine McKenna, read their own sections. Lynch's readings feel like extemporaneous story-telling. McKenna's sections overlap, perspectives from Lynch's friends and colleagues. Lynch's stories are the more compelling, of course, because they are personal.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars is about 999,995 too few to express my admiration for this book. So wonderful and beautiful. I'd recommend listening to the audiobook while cross referencing with the physical book.
Carol Custer
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say David Lynch's movies are quirky and dark is an understatement. So I was surprised at how normal he seems in this book. He had a normal, church-going childhood but with parents who encouraged all their children to follow their dreams. David is the oldest child in the family and was very popular growing up and is remembered fondly.

This is a very long book but it's written so well the pages fly by. It's an interesting combination of biography by one author with each chapter followed by memoi
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Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married, and fathered future director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21. That experience, plus attending art school in a particularly v ...more
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