The Heart of the Meta

Transmigration of soles: Meryl Streep toes the line.
photo: Courtesy Columbia Pictures

Adaptation, the mind-bending new film from director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman loops Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief and a couple of Nicolas Cages into a Möbius strip. Mark Peranson attends the meta-junket; Anya Kamenetz writes a piece—or wants to write a piece—about how being Orlean's assistant gives her privileged insight into the flick; Dennis Lim talks to screenwriting guru (and Adaptation character) Robert McKee; and Ed Park reworks other New Yorker writers’ books for the silver screen.

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