Tuesday, March 4, 2014

David Lynch on abstraction and inner knowingness

Lots of times I get ideas, I fall in love with them. Those ones you fall in love with are really special ideas. And in some ways, I always say, when something is abstract, the abstractions are hard to put into words unless you're a poet. But these ideas you somehow know. And cinema is a language that can say abstractions. I love stories but I love stories that hold abstractions. They can hold abstractions and cinema can say these difficult-to-say-in-words things.

A lot of times I don't know the meaning of the idea and it drives me crazy. I think we should know the meaning of the idea--and I think about them. I think about them and I tell the story about my first feature, Eraserhead. I did not know what these things really meant. And on that particular film I started reading the Bible. And I'm reading the Bible, going along, and suddenly there was a sentence and I said, forget it. That--that's this thing. That's this thing.

And so I should know the meaning for me, but when things get abstract it does me no good for me to say what it is, you know. It's better--all viewers, on the surface, we're all different, and we see something. And that's another place where intuition kicks in. An inner knowingness. And so you see a thing and you think about it and you feel it and you go and you sort of know something inside and you can rely on that.

Another thing I say is, if you go, after a film, withholding abstractions, to a coffee place and, having coffee with your friends, someone will say something and immediately you will say, "No, no, no, no, that's not what that was about. This is what." And so many things come out, it's surprising. So you do know. You do know, for yourself. And what you know is valid.

Monday, July 22, 2013

See me as a teenager working off my bedroom floor to this song on repeat

Friday, August 31, 2012


Once Vibrant Beach Colony a Ghost Town. Broken streets and a butterfly preserve are about all that remain of a neighborhood that once stood under the flight path of LAX takeoffs.

LAX NAZ // John Divola

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Sutro Baths

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Glenn Gould

I'm obsessed with Glenn Gould. This is my favorite piece for right now.

Watching this, I just realized that throughout my questionable 10+ years of piano education I never once used the other two pedals. I'm not even sure what they do.


"Gould boasted to Dudley that tapping the complete Goldberg Variations took him thirty-two hours."

My Bachmare!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Le Sacre du printemps, Igor Stravinsky

I was obsessed with The Rite of Spring for about a week straight.

For you. Two versions, both incredible.

The Joffrey Ballet performance with original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. This was broadcasted on PBS back in its golden days, which might just mean the days when I used to watch PBS after school for hours with my grandma. My favorite part begins at 7:30.

Performance by an unnamed group in 1970 with choreography by Maurice Béjart. My favorites are part 2/4 mostly and the segment that begins at 2:14 in part 4/4.