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  • Criterion overview of reviews:
    https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/7018-charlie-kaufman-s-antkind

    from penguinrandomhouse.com:
    The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

    “A terrific debut novel that makes Gravity’s Rainbow read like a Dr. Seuss story . . . a masterwork of postmodern storytelling.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an enigmatic outsider—a film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made—a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete—B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

    All that’s left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of “likes” and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d’être.

    A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself—the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

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    sounds..... potentially really awesome just rewatched Adaptation this week and Eternal Sunshine earlier this year, for sure one of the best writers in film today and if I can imagine any screenwriter excelling in literature too, it's him.

    the Pynchon comparisons sound intriguing too, as are his descriptions of an "unfilmable story of an impossible movie", which really sounds like exactly my kind of thing

    there's an advance reader's copy flying around (I actually stumbled on the pdf before I knew what it was lol), I might try a couple pages then preorder it if I like it.

  • leaked? man wtf

    was looking forward to this dude making a book after all them screenplays is unreal potential. gonna pre-order a hardcover then just wait for that

  • Damn not every day u hear books leaking. Wild.

    Been on the lookout for this all year. Will just wait for my bookstore to get it though

  • @Nightmares

    Isn't this in your yearly challenge too?

  • soupy

    Damn not every day u hear books leaking. Wild.

    Been on the lookout for this all year. Will just wait for my bookstore to get it though

    tbh it's just that there's not a lot of hype sorrounding books from what I've experienced (I am also not at all "in the scene" tho, haven't found any cool scenes so far), at least not to the extent of films. It's incredibly easy to leak 5mb files, and sites like b-ok make it ridiculously easy to find direct downloads. Compared to music, and particularly when compared to film that's a bit of a joke

  • beflygelt

    sounds..... potentially really awesome just rewatched Adaptation this week and Eternal Sunshine earlier this year, for sure one of the best writers in film today and if I can imagine any screenwriter excelling in literature too, it's him.

    the Pynchon comparisons sound intriguing too, as are his descriptions of an "unfilmable story of an impossible movie", which really sounds like exactly my kind of thing

    there's an advance reader's copy flying around (I actually stumbled on the pdf before I knew what it was lol), I might try a couple pages then preorder it if I like it.

    Link me king

  • imagine leaking a book

  • btw if you didn't know, he got a new film coming to Netflix as well this year, it was actually expected for first quarter...

    https://ktt2.com/im-thinking-of-ending-things-dir-charlie-kaufman-704

  • if all goes well I'll get this by the weekend

  • Gonna cop soon

  • Bought. Getting delivered tomorrow.

  • ordering today

  • Lake

    Bought. Getting delivered tomorrow.

    let us know if its good, once you get a little into it!

  • NIGHTMAN

    let us know if its good, once you get a little into it!

    I still have to finish White Noise before I start it, but yeah, I will once I get into it.

  • In

  • In

  • my african american girlfriend

  • Misfit

    my african american girlfriend

    Huh?

  • Ronald_Vegan

    Huh?

    joke you gotta read the first chapter to get

  • just preordered this, arriving here next week didn't end up reading the leak, I have full trust in based Bizman

  • this a big ass book. can't wait to start

  • Digging the retro cover btw

  • Read something like first four chapters... Not really loving it so far. it's quite... rambly... I'm not a fan of that. Narrator seems neurotic which is kinda interesting but the pace is very...very...slow.

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