"But though the ideas that drive 'Synecdoche, New York' are difficult and sometimes abstruse, the feelings it explores are clear and accessible. These include the anxiety of artistic creation, the fear of love and the dread of its loss, and the desperate sense that your life is rushing by faster than you can make sense of it. A sad story, yes, but fittingly for a movie bristling with paradoxes and conundrums, also extremely funny." -- NEW YORK TIMES
This performance for the ages was one of the starting-points for my novel JIHADI.