DETAILS: What is crazy clown time? It sounds stressful.
David Lynch: No, actually it's not stressful. It's at nighttime. It could start in the late afternoon, but it quickly goes into night. And it's a situation that's a result of strong desires and lots and lots of beer.
DETAILS: What were your musical inspirations for the album?
David Lynch: I like the blues. I like, for a guitar, the Chicago electric blues. I like to think that my guitar is gasoline-powered. It has a V8 engine with lots and lots of horsepower, but on purpose it runs rough.
DETAILS: You also just designed a nightclub in Paris called Silencio—the same name as a theater in Mulholland Dr. that's a portal to a different reality. Is that what you hope your nightlife experience will be like?
David Lynch: It could be that. You know, a place on a particular night can have a mood, a feel, and a certain group for one reason or another ends up there, and someone meets someone and it could just be, you know . . . world-transforming.
DETAILS: It's been five years since Inland Empire. Are all these extracurriculars getting in the way of making another movie?
David Lynch: Oh yeah. But it's not that. It's . . . I don't have any ideas for the next thing. And one of the reasons I don't is that I feel in the air a kind of a bad storm. I don't know what's happening to cinema. I feel like it hasn't settled into what it's going to be next. I go to the movie theater and I don't feel like it's a real place for cinema. If a few more ideas swim in, I could be back at work, but it hasn't happened yet.
DETAILS: Inland Empire and Mulholland Dr. explored the weirdness of Hollywood, and now Justin Theroux, who starred in those movies, is on the cover of every celebrity rag, thanks to his relationship with Jennifer Aniston. It has a certain Lynchian quality, doesn't it?
David Lynch: Probably. Justin is following his heart, and you know, it's not really anything to do with Hollywood. This kind of thing happens everywhere, but they don't put it in magazines.
DETAILS: How do you feel about the term Lynchian?
David Lynch: It's weird. I've been asked that before. [Long pause] I don't really understand how it happened.