“ideas are like fish. if you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. but if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.”
— david lynch
what does it mean to be “lynchian?” the simple answer is that it comes from the mind of david lynch, legendary director of eraserhead, mulholland dr., blue velvet, among many others, as well as the creator of the cult tv show twin peaks. but the dark, cinematic dreamscapes of david lynch—which have thrilled and perplexed audiences for decades—aren’t so easily pinned down. “lynchian” as a concept and influence, can be found all over the culture at large—everything from the writing of ben marcus, and alexandra kleeman, to surreal tv shows like atlanta or true detective. in this 5-week hybrid film + fiction course, we will try and find an answer for what it means to “lynchian.” students will not only watch and discuss one david lynch movie per week, but they will also workshop their own “lynchian” fiction—work that finds inspiration in the surreal, the absurd, the mundane, the macabre, and everything in between.