As unusual as the man himself, Room to Dream is the highly anticipated memoir from the revolutionary and elusive David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and director of groundbreaking films like The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive.
The extraordinary and highly anticipated memoir from visionary filmmaker David Lynch.
In this memoir, David Lynch 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.
About the Author
David Lynch advanced to the front ranks of international cinema in 1977 with the release of his first film, the startlingly original Eraserhead. Since then, Lynch has been nominated for two Best Director Academy Awards, for The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet; awarded the Palme d’Or, for Wild at Heart; and established himself as an artist of tremendous range and wit. Twin Peaks mania swept the world when his groundbreaking television series premiered in 1990. A new season of Twin Peaks aired in 2017.
This enigmatic yet plainspoken artist has told his story innumerable times, most recently in the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, but I never tire of hearing of the strange path that took him from an idyllic 1950s Midwestern childhood, to a decaying late '60s Philadelphia, to the heights of Hollywood. * Publishers Weekly, Staff Picks Summer 2018 *
`Fascinating insights into the director's process.' * New York Times *
`Lynch has stories to spare and it may be that this is the closest most of us get to spending time in his company...The book is both salve and distraction. All but essential for Lynch fans.' * Bookmunch *
`A tantalising hybrid of biography and autobiography... Film buffs will delight in this compelling and illuminating memoir...Lynch casts aside his reticence to discuss his life and films in this wildly enjoyable, massive and bracingly candid memoir.' * Shelf Awareness *
`Offers countless new stories, even for Lynch fanatics...All is told with Lynch's considerable charm.' * Australian Financial Review *
`Journalist Kristine McKenna maps a rich biography derived from extensive interviews...[and] Lynch jumps in second. This two-pronged approach creates an accurate timeline and intimate self-portrait, but it's what happens in the space between that's special: a man engaging not with his own mythology, but rather his own personhood.' * VICE *
`A sunny, holistic portrait of a corn-fed American dreamer who simply likes to show his nightmares to the world. Lynch emerges from these pages as principled, flighty...He's constantly chasing the next big idea.' * Guardian *
`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.' * Australian *
`Insightful, well-researched...The book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come.' * Kirkus Reviews *
`If you expected a David Lynch biography to be just like any other biography, you've never seen a David Lynch movie...Fascinating.' * New York Times *
`Lynch is the master of the perverse, the unsettling and the plain bonkers.' * Sunday Times *
`Captivating...Gives the reader a panoramic insight into Lynch's impressive oeuvre, with sufficient time left to explore Lynch's childhood and coming of age.' * Irish Independent on Sunday *
`Intimate and honest...McKenna's interviewees unfailingly describe Lynch's charisma and warmth, and his methodical but instinctive dedication to craft.' * NPR *
`A strikingly multidimensional portrait of the artist...[An] incandescently detailed and complexly enlightening chronicle of a fervent, uncompromising life devoted to "pure creativity".' * Booklist *
`Reassuringly unconventional...Engrossing...Lynch writes like he speaks. He's disarmingly direct, cheerfully profane and prone to bursts of giddy enthusiasm.' * Big Issue *
`What makes this book endearing is its chatty, calm...anti-Hollywood attitude...and matter-of-fact defiance of reality.' * San Francisco Chronicle *
`The book doesn't give us one focused view of Lynch, but a double vision, as though two similar but not quite exact portraits of the man have been projected onto one another...There is value, joy, and beauty in staying with Lynch and his cohorts for these 500-plus pages.' * Los Angeles Times *
`An intimate, humanising self-portrait...This wonderful new book is the most comprehensive overview of the filmmaker's life and career to date.' * Little White Lies *
`A unique reading experience; more experimental novel than straight up biography. Which is most welcome and entirely appropriate...An endlessly fascinating work that invites multiple readings.' * Future of the Force *
`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.' * Brag *
`[A] memorable portrait of one of cinema's great auteurs...It provides a remarkable insight into Lynch's intense commitment to the "art life".' * Guardian *
`A fascinating look into an endlessly imaginative and alarming man.' * Otago Daily Times *