Hey, look, it's a book cover! AND A PLOT OUTLINE.

HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS, IT'S HAPPENING. There's a cover for Antkind now on Amazon and some of the other various bookselly sites. Not only that, there's now a plot outline for what we previously knew only as "an unfilmable novel about an impossible movie."

 antkind cover

Says the blurb:

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. (Source)

This definitely sounds like what I was expecting. 720 pages, a little David Foster Wallace, a little Synecdoche, a little Frank or Francis, all Charlie K. Release date is still listed as May 20 next year, and there's a pre-order link. Even so, I wouldn't yet put money on that release date. THINGS CAN CHANGE.

Big big thanks to Tom!

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