It has been an invaluable experience to develop a product from just two users to one of the top 50 sites in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to staying close to this incredible team.
— Woah, Tumblr’s lead developer Marco Arment is leaving a full-time role at the company to pursue his independent career (he’s also the creator of the Instapaper empire). He’ll continue to fulfill an “active consulting” role as the engineering team grows. I’m more than excited for what he’ll create next, but can’t help feeling a bit fearful for this platform given what he’s been instrumental in building at Tumblr. Best wishes!
Almost 18 months ago LA Times writer Jay Fernandez suggested, after reading the script for Charlie Kaufman’s new film Synecdoche, New York, that it is “questionable whether cinema is even capable of handling the thematic, tonal and narrative weight of a story this ambitious”.
The film ostensibly tells the mid-life story of a theatre director who, for his latest project, constructs a facsimile of New York inside a warehouse. It’s also a relationship parable and is bound to be steeped in logic puzzles wrapped up inside brain teasers. The official publicity is wonderfully vivid:
By seamlessly blending together subjective points-of-view with traditional narrative structures, writer/director Charlie Kaufman has created a world of superbly unsteady footing. His richly developed cast of characters flutter between moments of warm intimacy and frightful insecurity, creating a script that brings to life all the complex and beautiful nuances of shared life and artistic creation.
Kaufman, the reclusive, twisted mind behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and the brilliant Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, will direct for the first time in his career, with #5 Reason to Love New York Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role. Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Watson, Hope Davis, Samantha Morton, Dianne Wiest and Catherine Keener (with whom Hoffman worked on Capote) round out the core cast.