Charlie Kaufman and the Orderly Disorder of Neuroscience

“The End Is Built into the Beginning”: Charlie Kaufman and the Orderly Disorder of Neuroscience is an essay by Romén Reyes-Peschl that you can sink your brain into, if you have the cash. The abstract reads:

Filmmaker Charlie Kaufman’s evident concern with “mind” is amply demonstrated in two consecutive screenplay titles: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). But what of the mind’s supposed material seat, the brain? While Being John Malkovich (1999) leaves the mind/body relationship ambiguous, later works Synecdoche, New York (2008) and Anomalisa (2015) are more neurologically-inflected, subtly referring to rare brain conditions to comment on broader existential issues of the human condition in general. This essay asks why Kaufman repeatedly mines this cognitive/neuro scientific vein in particular; it approaches the question via “convolutions,” a metaphorical nexus of literature and neuroscience ultimately revelatory of one’s own human, writerly, brain-bound self. The essay further assesses how such convolutionary ideas invite empathic readings of Kaufman’s work, and thus how his oeuvre as much colours as it is coloured by considerations of neurological order and disorder. (Source)

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