In the past year David Lynch released his epic experimental film Inland Empire (shot entirely on mini-DV), wrote a book on transcendental meditation called Catching the Big Fish (and inaugurated an annual conference on the subject) and debuted his line of signature coffee. In honor of the iconoclast's many achievements we have a trio of prizesâhis coffee, a copy of Catching the Big Fish and an Eraserhead 2000 setâto give away to a Cool Hunting reader. See instructions below.
One of the few books to address creative challenges in a non-preachy way, Catching the Big Fish is less self-help book and more like a charismatic uncle relaying a series of short anecdotes. Written in straightforward, unadorned prose, Lynch's stories are about the pitfalls of artistic pursuits with advice gleaned from his years in directing films as well as quotes from ancient texts interpreted by Lynch. Whether you think Lynch's singular vision is that of an inspired genius, a crackpot or a little of both, the book is a must-read for anyone who's ever struggled with the creative process.
Of course, much of the creative output of the last thousand years or so owes a debt to the coffee bean, which Lynch is also doing his part to support with his line of organic coffee. Available in a house roast, espresso and a decaf french roast, as either whole bean or ground form, it comes in refillable tins with a very noir black-and-white photo portrait of Lynch. A portion of the proceeds goes to the American Film Institute so you can help out someone else's creativity besides your own.
To win your own coffee, book and Eraserhead DVD set, follow the contact link at the bottom of the page, select "David Lynch Giveaway" from the pull-down menu and send us a message answering the following question:
What book provided Lynch with the pivotal turning point in the making of Eraserhead?
We'll chose a winner at random from the correct submissions sent before this Thursday, 12 April 2007, 11:59pm EST.