Charlie Kaufman: ‘Making people laugh makes me feel validated as a human’

The screenwriter behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has written a novel – about a film critic who hates Charlie KaufmanWhen Charlie Kaufman was seven years old, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.

He knows because he went as far as to write it down.

“Actor, doctor or fireman,” he says, and laughs.

He ended up being, at least briefly, one of those things – but he’s best known as the screenwriter and/or director of some of the trippiest and most metafictional films in recent history: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York.Now, with the publication of his first novel, Antkind, he’s also the author of a trippy and metafictional book.

This isn’t some sort of Hollywood big-name vanity project of the sort on which Sean Penn

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