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David Lynch @ BAM 4/29/2014
David Lynch

I love smoke. I love fire. I love metal. I love glass. I love plaster. I love bricks. And I love nature going to work on those things. In the old days, in the 1800s, they started building the most beautiful factories that were like cathedrals. I've visited many of these factories and photographed them. For me, it's like walking into a dream - a dream of textures, shapes and mood.... The factories, more often than not, today are very boring. - David Lynch @ BAM [via Rolling Stone]
It probably goes without saying that David Lynch is a fascinating guy. Having made some of the weirdest, most indelible cinematic images of the last 40 years, the director (and musician/cartoonist/meditation enthusiast) is a true iconoclast. Last night (4/29) at BAM was a rare opportunity to hear him speak in public, where he was in conversation with New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber.

The freewheeling gabfest touched on NYC (he's overcoming a fear of the subway that dates back to the '50s), his love of cardboard, diners and other subjects. He also talked quite a bit about music, sharing his love of Jimi Hendrix, and Kanye West's "Blood on the Leaves" ("so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful"). He also gave a shout out to composer and frequent collaborator Angelo Badalamenti who was in the audience.

For more on Lynch's appearance at BAM last night, Rolling Stone has a full report. More pictures from David Lynch @ BAM below..

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Comments (33)

a true genius

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 12:49 PM

He gave me wood.

Posted by the Loglady(!) | April 30, 2014 12:55 PM

blue velvet - best. film. ever.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 12:57 PM

I love his films, but that Kanye West song is just horrendous.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:16 PM

lynch = overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:21 PM

holdengrundle or whateverthefuck his name is, sounds like his tongue is 2 sizes too large for his mouth, and is more concerned with seeming well read than getting good answers out of his guest. I find it hard to believe that he even interviewed him 2 years ago. seemed like they were on an awkward first date.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:35 PM

lynch = underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:35 PM

right on 1:35.

1:21 - brain dead (vegetative state).

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:44 PM

Eraserhead was cool. Like something Bunuel would film or Dali would paint.

But has he done anything recently? They used to show those David Lynch Coffee (yes, roasted coffee beans) ads at IFC Center before the movies. Is that his present occupation, coffee distributor?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:55 PM

Did he mention why he hasnt done a movie in the past 8 years?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:55 PM

People who regularly ride public transport have a certain crustiness to them that THEY find exhilirating. I don't get it. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | April 30, 2014 2:03 PM

David Lynch made many good films until he backed himself in a corner and then just decided to just try to be weird.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 2:47 PM

did this turn into an advertisement for transendental meditation as his talks often do?

Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:21 PM

It was once stated, accurately, of David Lynch that he would drop a pencil on the ground and call it art. The only people that call him a genius are those who are too dumb to understand that the emperor has no clothes, or those that are too frightened of peer disapproval to state the obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:23 PM

I'm not necessarily a David Lynch fan but in the right context or scenario a pencil on the ground could be art.

3:23 seems boring and angry

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:37 PM

Best part of the evening, me selling my ticket for $343 on stubhub.

Posted by ME | April 30, 2014 3:48 PM

nice attempt at troll 3:37, please come back once you've practiced some more

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:56 PM

He created Twin Peaks, one of the most original and bizarre television shows of all time, and got it a prime time spot on ABC. He infiltrated the system. That's pretty commendable, don't you think?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:56 PM

Lady Gaga is bizarre and sells millions of records. 3:56 must love Lady Gaga too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:06 PM

What has he done recently? LOL. Come on. He's old now - he's into playing music and meditating. let him. it doesn't change the fact that the dude consistently put out first rate, thought provoking movies for over 20 years, some of which (Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, The Elephant Man and on and on) are true works of genius; even his misses are bizarre and worth watching. Not to mention creating one of the most groudbreaking TV shows of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:18 PM

"Best part of the evening, me selling my ticket for $343 on stub hub."

Yeah, sure you did. We all believe you

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:21 PM

@4:18 is offended by what people he does not know personally think about yet another person that he does not know personally. It would be hilarious were it not so pathetic and boring, no?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:32 PM

offended? who's offended? we're all commenting on the internet, anonymously. not's not act like any one of us is better than the others.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:34 PM

^ he's mad

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:40 PM

^ you mad

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:47 PM

I'm mad that my hummus is past it's experation date.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 5:03 PM

Lady Gaga's music isn't bizarre at all. It's the opposite of bizarre.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 5:06 PM

that's just like, your opinion, man

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 5:13 PM

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 5:49 PM

5:13 - you could have at least quoted a David Lynch film.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 7:30 PM

How your mind works @4:18 is God's own mystery

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 8:27 PM

3:23 knows exactly what the fuck is up

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:43 PM

Lynch's movies suck (so does his taste in music if he thinks Kanye is good)

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 8:47 AM

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