“Taken as a whole, this book is nothing less than a revelation of a new David Lynch.”
—Eric Wilson, author of The Strange World of David Lynch: Transcendental Irony from Eraserhead to Mulholland Dr.
"The richness of Nochimson’s writing, the thoroughness of her interpretation, and her assured stance in opposition to the canon of Lynch criticism to date all make David Lynch Swerves a must-read for anyone interested in the films of David Lynch. Or, for that matter, the state of film criticism in American culture. If criticism at its best is a form of revelation, then this is practically a new gospel."
—Charles Arrowsmith, houseofspeakeasy.org
“To grant Lynch agency and study him as Nochimson does—through his lens—is not to indulge in sloppy hagiography, but to know something of his remarkable vantage point on the mysteries of existence. . . . Nochimson is stretching herself beyond film studies into a realm where few film studies academics have dared to go. She is up front about the excitement and dangers of this approach, but she also makes an outstanding case that—with Lynch—such stretching beyond every conceivable boundary (be it academic or ontological!) is essential. . . . This book will likely be the standard for studying Lynch’s later films.”
—Joseph Kickasola, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Baylor University, author of The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Liminal Image