David Lynch is using his time in quarantine to get closer to fans, with his David Lynch Theater YouTube channel offering peeks into his daily routine, his thoughts on the weather, and even his dreams, as well as access to rare shorts, such as the eerie “Pozar” and the first episode of his Rabbits sitcom.
Over the weekend, the notoriously tight-lipped Lynch took this whole getting-to-know-you thing a bit further by spending 37 minutes answering questions from fans in front of a red curtain. The result is an odd, charming, funny, and revealing look into the vast mind of one of modern cinema’s great innovators. It’s also just the beginning, as the video is apparently “part 1″ of a larger series.
Lynch courteously repeats each question after it’s posed, always while making sure to get the screen name of the person asking correct (yes, hearing Lynch address someone as “The Batman” is as funny as you’d expect). He also, like the characters he writes, tends to finish sentences and stories abruptly, resulting in frequent bouts of uncanny silence in between questions. Fans of the director’s oddball rhythm will no doubt be enthralled.
The far-ranging chat finds him touching on a number of topics, from what drove him to make films in the first place to his father’s love for carpentry to his “favorite string” to what changed during the filming of Blue Velvet’s “In Dreams” sequence.
We’ve pulled some of our favorite quotes below:
On why it’s imperative to immediately write good ideas down
I’ve always said that if you get a good idea, you have to write it down immediately with words so that when you read those words again later the idea will come back in full. If a person forgets an idea that they love, it’s a horror. And it could lead to a real yearning to commit suicide.
On what he’s most proud of
I’m sorta proud of everything, except Dune.
On day jobs
I got fired from most every day job. I was not a very good employee.
On his love for the word “project”
We’re a project family. Just the word “project” makes us happy. The word project—if we had a billboard [with] “project” [written on it], it would make us so happy.
On his favorite sound
Sound in general brings us all the possibility of huge joy. Sound is so magical. It’s one of the five senses, hearing, and what we hear, how it works, is really magical. How does this vibration in the air go into the ear and travel deep in the brain and conjure a thing that we say is sound? It’s just amazing. It’s just amazing.
I think I’ve gotten this question asked before, in some way, and I always say that I do love the sound of a moaning wind.
On living in a world where everything seems bleak
I believe that we, as a whole world, are going through a transition and these so-called bleak times are necessary to go through in order to get to a much, much, much better place. The old way is giving way to a new way. It started a long time ago, the transition, and more…