the lid comes off

by Megan Abbott

I missed his birthday by a day or two, but in honor of David Lynch, one of my favorite filmmakers, I present a particularly favorite moment, which appears on the extras for the DVD of Inland Empire, a movie which I find astonishing and impossible, frustrating and revelatory.

Lynch remains the primary fount—or, more likely, conduit—of my unconscious life, and Inland Empire is where I discovered his Rabbits project, which probably accounts for half my nightmares, if I remembered them. (It is in fact so terrifying I must stop writing about it now for fear I will dream about the rabbits tonight).

The clip I’m going to share, though, is not terrifying at all but, to me, celebrates all the delightful Dale Cooper-ish qualities of Mr. Lynch. Moreover, I have followed this recipe to a tee many times (minus the cigarette ash) and have found it to be delicious.

Click here for Part 2, which is even better and includes Lynch’s great coca cola story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD_XjxJ_Jmw

5 Comments to “the lid comes off”

  1. Has the man not discovered pot holders?
    This clip is indeed delightful, as you say! He should have his own cooking show.

  2. I haven’t a clue for a title (he’s like Mr. Rogers so maybe some story time/cooking hour combo?) but I do know I just spent almost 20 minutes watching the clips and he’s making the simplest dish in the world so it ain’t about the food! (But I do love quinoa, ha.)

  3. I am sure you are familiar with my theory that David Lynch is Jerry Lewis’s one true successor as a director, as laid out in the “post” below. I discussed my theory with the film critic Elvis Mitchell. He sort of laughed at it, yet contributed another point of similarity – fear of sex! I think I was tipsy when I emailed Jonathan Rosembaum – whom I don’t know! – about it… it made sense because he loves INLAND EMPIRE and Jerry Lewis, but his response was… cool… if extremely polite. http://jackpendarvis.blogspot.com/2009/05/furnishings-department.html

    • BRILLIANT, Jack. Maybe Jerry Lewis should cast David Lynch in HIS next directorial effort. Imagine the possibilities! But I fear, in some ways, David Lynch might not be dark enough for Jerry Lewis….

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