David Lynch – A Fan Letter

David Lynch,

Oh boy, where do I begin with you? A few years ago in China, on a whim, I decided to watch Mulholland Drive. This began a bizarre fasciation with the work of David Lynch. Your work is beyond basic comprehension, the first time I watch your work I know just to enjoy the ride, and enjoy the show, and then afterwards will head to the internet to try to comprehend everything.

Mulholland Drive

The first time I watched this movie, I was mesmerized, perplexed, scared shitless (that damn scene with the homeless man behind the Winky’s Diner), and greatly entertained. I didn’t know what to think of it, but it stuck with me for a long time. I rewatched it several months later and was blown away by all the things I missed, ranked it as a 5-star classic and is one of my favorite movies.

No Two Works the Same

Straight up though, I have not watched every single film by David Lynch, which feels like heresy considering I’m writing a fan letter to him here. Each leaves me with different feeelings (although confusion is still the common feeling), but they’re all so interesting that they warrant multiple viewings. This takes a LOT to convince me, because I feel with about 95% of films you watch it once, have a good time, and move on. Not with David Lynch.

Twin Peaks

One of the most bizarre shows you’ll ever watch, one that was far ahead of its time. You can see it’s influence on many shows since, ranging from The Sopranos (the dream sequences) to Lost (a lot of the lore of the show was clearly influenced by Twin Peaks). I was greatly saddened to hear that it the return was not going to be helmed by David Lynch, but it appears as of writing this, everything is back on track.

Meditation

I think I can also give David Lynch a fair amount of credit of getting me to look into meditation, something that has been a curiosity, but something I still didn’t try out. While I don’t meditate as long as he does, I do keep it a twice a day practice, and while I don’t do TM like he does, he no doubt had an influence in me starting.

In Conclusion,

Since I discovered his work a couple of years back, David Lynch has had a profound impact on my life, from his thought-provoking films to helping me get started in meditation. David Lynch, I would love to sit down with you one day and share a beer (or, probably more fitting in your case, coffee and pie). It’s funny that as of writing this, I’m planning to make a quick stop tomorrow to where famous Twin Peaks locale were filmed on my way to Portland.