So what is David Lynch up to now that he’s gotten Inland Empire out of his system and onto DVD? According to the Internet Movie Database, he’s in the Middle East, spreading the word on transcendental meditation as a tool in combating violence and promoting peace. Lynch, who has been meditating for more than 30 years, has even met with Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Hmmm … If Lynch has been practicing TM for “more than 30 years,” that covers his entire career in feature films, back to Eraserhead (1977). Don’t get me wrong, I love Lynch’s movies. Even when I don’t understand them (which is often), I’m compelled by his originality of vision and his willingness to embrace the extreme.
But if an “elevated consciousness” can lead to visions like those seen in Wild at Heart and Lost Highway, is that a technique we really want to let loose in the Middle East? Maybe I’m missing something here …