March 30th, 2017

Charlie Kaufman on storytelling and Being John Malkovich

The brilliant Charlie Kaufman appears on The Guardian‘s website writing about how he got Being John Malkovich made, and offers a glimpse into his attitude towards writing:

Storytelling is inherently dangerous. Consider a traumatic event in your life. Think about how you experienced it. Now think about how you told it to someone a year later. Now think about how you told it for the hundredth time. It’s not the same thing. Most people think perspective is a good thing: you can figure out characters arcs, you can apply a moral, you can tell it with understanding and context. But this perspective is a misrepresentation: it’s a reconstruction with meaning, and as such bears little resemblance to the event.

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Bradley J. Dixon is a freelance writer and blogger from Melbourne.

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