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 i...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
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
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
On the level...more
The thing I really enjoyed about this book was the insight into July's quirky mind and her creative process. The book picks up with July...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
I read this book ( out loud, to my three month old which is the only way I can read when she is awake without feeling neglectful) in three days. It usually takes me upwards of a month to read anything of consequence but this was different. I devoured this book.
Ive always been a huge Miranda July fan. Her first book of short stories is probably my favorite book. This book is no different. It is filled with intense emotion ranging from happiness and wonder to tragedy and sadness. I always feel li...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
July’s answer to this sort of writer’s block is to begin answering ads in the paper edition of the Pennysaver, ads selling goods for under ten dollars. And she makes forays into these computerless people’s homes...more