We’ve always loved David Lynch, especially at his most cryptic. Chrysta Bell has a soft spot for him, too. A singer-songwriter and model, Bell also plays FBI Agent Tammy Preston in Lynch and Mark Frost’s 2017 reprise of their cult TV series Twin Peaks. Texas Monthly recently caught up with the San Antonio native when she returned to her hometown from California.
Bell, who has cut two dream-pop albums with Lynch, explains how the famously eccentric director helped fire her up for a performance. “He would say things like, ‘It’s midnight. You’re driving to your lover’s house, and she’s been real bad. You’ve got a fifth of whiskey in the glove box and a gun on the seat. There’s a full moon, and you’re driving way too fast. Now go!’”
Turn off your mind, relax and sip a dram
Attributing his own success to twice-a-day Transcendental Meditation, Lynch has never been shy about promoting its purported benefits. In a 2006 interview with the New York Times, he noted that Charles Bukowski took up meditation late in life, but it never slaked the late author’s thirst for a dram. “Well, maybe in time, it would have,” Lynch said. “In the meantime—just more enjoyment of the whiskey.”
Maybe the whiskey world could use some Lynch. At Scotchwhisky.com, Richard Woodard suggests that the auteur’s refusal to explain his often puzzling work—leaving viewers to do the math—would be a good model for tastings.
“All too often, the host is telling us what flavours we’ll ‘get’ before our glasses have even been filled—the infuriating whisky equivalent to David Lynch nudging you throughout a screening of Blue Velvet and saying: ‘You’ll like this bit.’” Sound familiar?