Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

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Mr. Reindeer
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Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Postby Mr. Reindeer » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:54 am

Has anyone read (or started reading) Kaufman’s novel? I know a couple of users were looking forward to it. I found it a lot broader and zanier than I was expecting, and lacking much of the humanity of Kaufman’s last few films. That said, I enjoyed it immensely for its humor, experimentation with form, philosophical off-ramps, and the expected Kaufman innovative scenarios and concepts as the novel spins delightfully into pure entropic craziness (while still feeling completely cohesive by the end). Sadly, no Lynch references amongst the myriad allusions (The Elephant Man gets a mention, but it’s the Bernard Pomerance play, not the film).
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Re: Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Postby mtwentz » Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:01 am

Mr. Reindeer wrote:Has anyone read (or started reading) Kaufman’s novel? I know a couple of users were looking forward to it. I found it a lot broader and zanier than I was expecting, and lacking much of the humanity of Kaufman’s last few films. That said, I enjoyed it immensely for its humor, experimentation with form, philosophical off-ramps, and the expected Kaufman innovative scenarios and concepts as the novel spins delightfully into pure entropic craziness (while still feeling completely cohesive by the end). Sadly, no Lynch references amongst the myriad allusions (The Elephant Man gets a mention, but it’s the Bernard Pomerance play, not the film).


Haven't read it, but sounds like I need to put it on my list!
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Re: Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Postby Rigpa » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:53 am

Mr. Reindeer wrote:Has anyone read (or started reading) Kaufman’s novel? I know a couple of users were looking forward to it. I found it a lot broader and zanier than I was expecting, and lacking much of the humanity of Kaufman’s last few films. That said, I enjoyed it immensely for its humor, experimentation with form, philosophical off-ramps, and the expected Kaufman innovative scenarios and concepts as the novel spins delightfully into pure entropic craziness (while still feeling completely cohesive by the end). Sadly, no Lynch references amongst the myriad allusions (The Elephant Man gets a mention, but it’s the Bernard Pomerance play, not the film).


I'm fourth in the queue at my library for Antkind. Waiting (im)patiently!

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