The brilliant, twisted mind behind "Twin Peaks": David Lynch reveals where his ideas originate

In a conversation with Paul Holdengräber Lynch also revealed that he loves Kanye West and others

By Sarah Gray
May 10, 2014 2:44AM (UTC)
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David Lynch (Getty/Frederick M. Brown)

Ever wonder where the man behind the movie "Blue Velvet" and other artistic endeavors gets his ideas? Well, last week in a talk with Paul Holdengräber at Brooklyn Academy of Music, David Lynch gave us a glimpse into his extraordinary and eccentric mind.

Asked about where his ideas come from, Lynch explained,"It comes like on a TV in your mind." Lynch also called ideas "beautiful gifts." A portion of the hour-long talk can be viewed below:


According to Brooklyn Magazine, Lynch expounded on other topics. In terms of music Lynch loves Kanye West, specifically "Yeezus," which he said was "one of the most modern pieces and so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful." He also loves Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young.

He also thinks everybody is a voyeur, saying, “Looking into windows is something so fantastic. It’s like cinema, and a glimpse into another world, other lives. So beautiful.” David Lynch was also an Eagle Scout, who volunteered at John F. Kennedy's inauguration where he saw “four consecutive presidents just gliding by me.” An in-depth reading can be found here.


h/t Brooklyn Magazine

Sarah Gray

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