The Movie Lovers Zoom Book Club
Time & Location
About the Event
Join Roxanne for the Movie Lovers Zoom Book Club. We will be meeting for two sessions, September 30th and October 28th at 6 p.m., to discuss acclaimed film Directors Charlie Kaufman's new comedic mammoth sized novel Antkind set in St. Augustine, Florida. Optional Kaufman film discussions could be a part of each session.
A fee of $32 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Antkind and both book club meetings. The book can be picked up curbside (We will send you an email when the book is ready for pickup) or you can have it shipped to you via USMail.
Complete the registration and we will get you the book with plenty of time before the first meeting. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to each book club meeting.
Session 1: Wednesday September 30th 6 pm for Antkind chapters 1 through 44.
Optional suggested companion films: Being John Malkovich available on Prime and/or his new film I'm Thinking of Ending Things available on Netflix.
Session 2: Wednesday October 28th 6 pm for Antkind chapters 45 to the end. Optional suggested companion films: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind available on Prime and/or Adaptation available on Vudu.
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.
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 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.
About Charlie Kaufman:
Charlie Kaufman is the screenwriter of many films, such as Adaptation; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; and Being John Malkovich. He won an Academy Award for his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and has been nominated three additional times. He is also a three-time BAFTA winner for screenwriting, and he has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, among many other film honors.