Psyching Out Lynchby Jason Cochran
Entertainment Weekly, February 21, 1997
DAVID LYNCH IS associated with nightmarish imagery-but is it associated with him? From freakish infants (Eraserhead) to watchful dwarfs (Twin Peaks), he's built an identity out of distorted visions. "It's not like I'm trying to cop out," he says. "But where these things come from, I honestly don't know."
Sounds like the subconscious. We put Lynch's dreamlike Lost Highway on the couch, screening it for Jungian researcher Delia Doherty, of Manhattan's Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. Images can be "very personal," warns Doherty, but with that in mind, here's what she found in Lost:
Lynch concludes his psychic ride at the end of a literal highway, in a nearly windowless cabin. "Again, it's someone's head," notes Doherty. What happens next? We won't spoil it, but "if you were the guy having this dream," she says, "you'd be going nuts."
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