When he was 15, Irish novelist Paul Murray first saw David Lynch‘s surreal murder-mystery-soap-opera, Twin Peaks. It changed his mind about creative intelligence gargoylewhat art can do.

“I’d found the suburbs of Dublin where I grew up almost terminally boring. They were art-proof; there was nothing interesting you could say about them – or so I thought. Lynch’s dreamlike vision of suburbia uncovered the violence, mystery and dark magic of a world that I, in my naivety, had dismissed.

Look Lynch up on YouTube and you’ll find a polite, soft-eyed man with a carefully swirled quiff and a dark suit, probably making a speech about Transcendental Meditation. I don’t know much about his life, but he seems a good example of Flaubert’s dictum about being regular and orderly in your life so you can be violent and original in your work. He’s violent and original, but most of all he’s brave.

“It takes real courage not to make sense. The scariest thing about making art is that you don’t know what you’re doing; the temptation to fall back on established forms is a strong one.

Lynch has the ability to trust in nothing but his vision.”

From My Hero, The Guardian Review, 14.8.2010.  Full text here.  
Paul Murray's Skippy Dies is longlisted for this year's Man-Booker Prize.

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