It Choses You
In the summer of 2009 Miranda July was struggling to write her second screenplay, The Future, when she began to obsessively read the PennySaver classified ads. The iconic Los Angeles newsprint booklet served a computerless demographica quickly disappearing group, but one rife with stories. Who was the person selling the LARGE LEATHER JACKET, $10 OR BEST OFFER? It seemed im...more
Then I loved Miranda July. It was her movie “Me You and Ev ...more
In some people's storage
As much as the next guy
As a way to avoid working on her screenplay, Miranda July spent hours perusing the weekly Pennysaver. Her curiosity piqued, she set out to meet the sellers of items ranging from a hairdryer to a sixty-seven piece art set. The result is a collection of interviews and photos; people gladly telling the stories of their lives, sharing their dreams and losses, and explaining how they came to the decision to part with their particular ...more
Admittedly, when I first tackled this memoir, I was lured in by the beginning, when the narrator talks about the writing apartment she kept even after getting married, her relationship, her screen writing writer's block, and the internet dabbling. It is a book about a struggling screenwriter who can't find a sponsor or the ending to her movie, so ...more
Especially as I just had a baby and this is one of the topics Miranda wonders about.
Especially as I spend way too much time online and I feel I don't live the real life.
Especially as I'm procrasti ...more
This book is only 1 part experiment, and 3 parts director's commentary on THE FUTURE. The really interesting thing is, it explains in part why the movie failed, and why she knew it was going to. And it has one really ...more
It's a book about writing, Miranda July is trying to finish writing her screenplay (which becomes the film 'The Future'...)
"This story takes place in 2009, right after our wedding. I was writing a screenplay in the little house. I wrote it at the kitchen t ...more
It Chooses You is short, sweet, and vividly colorful. In it, Ms. July details a social experiment of hers, where she scoured the pennysaver ads and visited the individuals who were selling these little trivial ...more
"I thought about his sixty-two years of sweet, fil ...more
On the level ...more
This was an interesting book in two different ways.
1. The primary concept of this book - the author visiting and interviewing random people she contacts from the PennySaver - is well-done. If you take the book at face value, it's an entertaining read. Each visit is presented as its own chapter and the people she meets are unique, complex characters. She's very gentle and respectful of their ...more
This book is fantastic. It reminded me of my times visiting homebound patrons when I worked in circulation. It is a glimpse into the lives of people we would otherwise never encounter in our d ...more
For such a breeze to read, It Chooses You is rather frustrating. The concept is quietly wonderful, yet the book is really very much about something entirely different. Or there's a lack of undestanding between me, the reader, and July, the writer, about why it is important.
Going through the Pennysaver and interviewing t ...more