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It Chooses You by Miranda July
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Jan 08, 2012

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Like a lot of Miranda July's projects I had a lot of conflicting feelings about this book -- giving the book a 3 star rating really doesn't reflect how I felt about it, it's more like the average of my reaction to the book, some of which I loved, loved and some I hated. The good: it's poignant, funny, the PennySaver people are a fascinating bunch and the photography is great. The bad: the nagging feeling that this was all freak show exploitation. The ugly: July's non-stop solipsistic whining about her damn movie. It seems like her response to every person she meets is, "Oh, sure, you're impoverished, alone and depressed -- but what about me? I can't finish my movie!"

The things that made up for this, though: the gut-punch of the final chapter and Brigitte Sire's photographs which are infinitely more sensitive and empathetic toward the subjects than July's writing.
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Niki Ganong Is this the same subject as her film?

veronica Niki wrote: "Is this the same subject as her film?"

Not exactly. She talks about the making of the film a lot in the book, but writing this book, she says, was really way of procrastinating on working on the film.

Belinda I completely agree. You've summed up my ambivalence exactly.

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