Wired has posted 5 MP3s of the full interview, including listening to Charlie eat while the reporter takes what is most likely a restroom break. The background music and blender noise from the restaurant will drive you nuts, but the interview is great. He talks about getting started writing for television, flying in to first meet with Spike Jonze, Jonze not showing, how he considered adapting Phillip K. Dick’s VALIS, and much more. Kaufman is promoting his movie Synecdoche, New York (A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (sin ech doe key)).
Kaufman wrote and directed the film, it stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as a wild-eyed theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) attempts to build a life-sized replica of New York City in preparation for an ambitious play. Hilariously, the way Kaufman talks about the movie in the interview gives a much bleaker impression than the trailer. Hoffman and Kaufman… I can’t wait to see it. Released date: October 24.
This is the episode of Chris Elliot’s sitcom “Get a Life,” that was written by Charlie Kaufman. He tells this time travel story in part 3 when asked about recursiveness. The laugh track is hard to take.
2004 inteview with Charlie Rose