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Maggie Grace

David Lynch: Mild at heart

David Lynch: Mild at heart

As a world-class director of films about backward-talking dwarves, pornography and murder, David Lynch isn't surprised when people ask him why he's an avid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.

If anything, it's because the filmmaker gets asked about it often, especially during the public tours in which he espouses the wonders of TM. The technique, which he has practiced for 40 years, involves a form of relaxation where you recite a mantra and meditate for 20 minutes.

"If you're really, really happy, you don't make movies about people embroidering doilies," Lynch says during a phone interview. "I say the artist doesn't have to suffer to show suffering. It's...