Even the ones who laugh are sometimes caught without an answer. These creatures who introduce themselves, but we swear we have met them somewhere before, yes? Look in the mirror. What do you see? Is it a dream, or a nightmare? Are we being introduced against our will? Are they mirrors? I can see the smoke. I can smell the fire. The battle is drawing nigh.
I play my part on life's stage. I tell what I can to form the perfect answer. But that answer cannot come before all are ready to hear, so I tell what I can to form the perfect answer. Sometimes my anger at the fire is evident. Sometimes it is not anger, really – it may appear as such, but could it be a clue? The fire I speak of is not a kind fire.
Chromatics, The Cactus Blossoms, Au Revoir Simone, Blunted Beatz, The Paris Sisters, TYropuble, Sharon Van Etten, Nine Inch Nails, The Platters, Rebekah Del Rio, Shawn Colvin, James Marshall, Booker T and the MGs, Lissie, ZZ Top, The Veils, Eddie Vedder, Otis Redding, Julee Cruise
While David was editing [The Elephant Man], EMI edited a version without him, then called Mel [Brooks] and told him they'd cut the film to show him. Mel said, "I'm not even going to look at what you've done. We're going with David's version." The studio guys will crush you, and they were going to crush David, and Mel was an unreal advocate for him.
Quoted in Room to Dream
The first cut of the film ran for almost three hours and was edited down to a final version that's two hours and six minutes. There were lots of shots of people walking down long hallways and atmosphere stuff that ended up being cut, but most of what was shot ended up onscreen. Mel had final cut but he deferred to David on that, and he took no credit at all on the film because he didn't want his name to create any expectations about what the film was.
We all have at least two sides. The world we live in is a world of opposites. And the trick is to reconcile those opposing things. I’ve always liked both sides. In order to appreciate one you have to know the other. The more darkness you can gather up, the more light you can see too.
Can you see through a wall? Can you see through human skin? X-rays see through solid, or so-called solid objects. There are things in life that exist, yet our eyes cannot see them. Have you ever seen something startling that others cannot see? Why are some things kept from our vision? Is life a puzzle?
I am filled with questions. Sometimes my questions are answered. In my heart, I can tell the answer is correct. I am my own judge. In a dream, are all the characters really you? Different aspects of you? Do answers come in dreams?
From Brad Duke's book Reflections - An Oral History of Twin Peaks
The inhabiting spirit of Bob, I see as part and parcel of a lot of what Twin Peaks might have been about. A metaphor for the half of life that is true, the half that is false, and the half that is truer than true.
Lately I feel films are more and more like music. Music deals with abstractions and, like film, it involves time. It has many different movements, it has much contrast. And through music you learn that, in order to get a particular beautiful feeling, you have to have started far back, arranging certain things in a certain way. You can’t just cut to it.
Desire for an idea is like bait. When you're fishing, yo0u have to have patience. You bait your hook, and then you wait. The desire is the bait that pulls those fish in - those ideas.
The beautiful things that when you catch one fish that you love, even if it's a little fish - the fragment of an idea - that fish will draw in other fish, and they'll hook onto it. Then you're on your way. Soon there are more and more fragments, and the whole thing emerges. But it starts with desire.
"Anywhere, Anytime" from Catching the Big Fish - Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
You can meditate anywhere. You can meditate in an airport, at work, anywhere you happen to be.
Usually, I meditate in the morning before breakfast, and in the evening before dinner. But when I'm shooting, I meditate before I go, and again at lunch. And if I haven't meditated enough, I'll mediatte again when I finish.
I've been in places where there are no other meditators around, but it's very surprising: People kind of like it. I'll ask for a quiet room, and they say, "Oh, yes, yes, I'll find you a very nice, quiet place, and protect you."
We waste so much time on other things, anyway. Once you add this and have a routine, it fits very naturally.
In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence – bliss – the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us. This is the way to save the coming generation.
Sometimes ideas, like men, jump up and say, "Hello!" They introduce themselves, these ideas, with words – are they words? These ideas speak so strangely.
All that we see in this world is based on someone's ideas. Some ideas are destructive, some are constructive. Some ideas can arrive in the form of a dream. I can say it again: Some ideas arrive in the form of a dream.
I hate slick and pretty things. I prefer mistakes and accidents. Which is why I like things like cuts and bruises – they’re like little flowers. I’ve always said that if you have a name for something, like ‘cut’ or ‘bruise,’ people will automatically be disturbed by it. But when you see the same thing in nature, and you don’t know what it is, it can be very beautiful.