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IE paper that needs a home

Postby awalter » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:37 pm

So I've got this Inland Empire paper that I'd like to place at some Lynch web site or other. The first draft can be found here:

http://www.geocities.com/acwalter@veriz ... mpire.html

The paper went through substantial revision recently, though, and I'm pretty happy with the second draft. I would have liked to see City of Absurdity publish it, but Mike Hartmann seems to have gone incommunicado.

Anyway, I've been out of the online-Lynch loop for a while. What are the better sites out there now? Suggestions, anyone?

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Postby FaceInTheLeaves » Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:48 am

Thanks for posting the paper. I really enjoyed reading it and (rarely for me) agreed with all your points. Dugpa and the Twin Peaks Gazette forums must be the most active Lynch sites and you'll probably find more people have access to your paper here than on The City of Absurdity.
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Postby biotron » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:13 am

yeah - thanks for posting that, Adam - a neat and highly-readable overview, convincing in many ways without being forceful.

particularly enjoyed section IX, and how it relates to what Kristine McKenna extracts from Lynch on "The Air is On Fire" book's CD (one of the few genuinely interesting snippets she does manage to elicit) - re: the creative process and developing an idea, where a whole "world" - in all of its excruciating detail - is created, opens up and flows entirely from the words of a phrase which always comes first.

perhaps the tagline to the film should have read "a mystery inside mysteries inside words within words within worlds within worlds" - but that obviously isn't quite as catchy as one might hope :)
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Postby cubist » Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:09 am

I really enjoyed reading that. It's very good. Some excellent insight that I will reflect on next time i watch IE. Some good insights on Lost Highway too which i think will enhance my appreciation of that movie which i've always found a little "difficult". I like the way you've referenced all of Lynch's work to pull out common themes. Great essay - thanks for sharing it.
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Postby snikgrif » Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:24 pm

I too have enjoyed reading this paper.

I like the idea that Nikki Grace, like Diane Selwyn,is at the end of life's rope and has constructed an alternate reality/realities to cope. I hadn't thought of Nikki that way before.
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Re: IE paper that needs a home

Postby awalter » Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:26 pm

Just a note to let you all know that my paper finally found a permanent home. It has been published by the good folks at Metaphilm:

http://metaphilm.com/index.php/detail/reading-inland-empire/

This is the revised draft and reads much more nicely than the one at the link I previously gave. Thanks, too, for kind words from others who posted to this thread.

And some of you may want to visit the Metaphilm homepage. It seems that all their published pieces this month, so far, have been Lynch oriented. Pretty cool!
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Postby Annie » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:00 pm

Hey Adam, thanks! Good analysis of the unanalyzable (is that a word?) Will have to spend more time in there if other Lynch works are the also written about.

Congrats for publishing and thanks for the new link.
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Postby Annie » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:10 pm

I just went back and read more on the homepage of Metaphilm. They've got some pretty silly ideas. This is the first time I've heard an editor of a possibly reputable journal (which I've never heard of) call David psychotic.

(I feel I can talk about it intelligently, because I am a mental health therapist in real life.) David is an ARTIST--he's NOT PSYCHOTIC.
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Postby awalter » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:24 am

Annie, thanks for your kind words.

About the "psychotic" thing. That's actually a teaser link to the British Psychological Society web site for the article, "David Lynch and psychosis" by Huw Green.
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Postby Annie » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:05 pm

I read the article at the link. I think it makes it look too simple. I also don't think that David has ever had any intention of showing anyone what psychosis looks or feels like. Unless the point of the article is to compare him to Van Gogh or others who really were artists, but who in today's world would be diagnosed as mentally ill. And I don't think David qualifies there, either, no matter how "quirky" he may be.
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Postby siriusmystery » Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:04 pm

Well, to me that article made sense. I'm not simplifying movies like Inland Empire, Mulholland Drive or Lost highway by saying that they are about psychosis and that's just it and the article didn't do that either, but the fact is that those movies deal with characters whose sense of reality has broken in an unpleasant way, call it "˜psychosis' or something else. And c'mon, the article didn't claim that Lynch is psychotic himself but that his movies deal with such things.

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