Posts Tagged: Miranda July
For all her artistic clout, critics continue to dismiss Miranda July as “cutesy” and “twee,” labels that reflect an inability to distinguish between her work and her persona. Over at Guernica, Tin House editor Rob Spillman argues in defense of whimsy:
Part of the reason that some find July’s literary success so galling is that she is not simply a novelist; she is “Miranda July” a continuingly evolving conceptual art project, as well as the writer, director, and star of two movies.
So my introduction to July was one at which I watched her redefine boundaries and hijack something destined to be inert and turn it into something uncomfortably alive, whether you wanted her to or not. This has been my experience of her work ever since.
I think often in my work the things that people are doing, just to get by, I think of as their art. It ends up looking almost a little bit like my art, even though in the context of the story it’s not art at all, and they’re not artists — because I think that’s how I look at the world often.
Saturday 1/10: Aaron Winslow and Samuel Delany join the Segue Series. Winslow’s post-apocalyptic novel Jobs of the Great Misery is forthcoming in 2015. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Matt Nelson turns 28. Mellow Pages Library, 8 p.m., free.
Monday 1/12: Phil Klay, Sara Lippmann, Kevin Fortuna, Morgan Parker, and Malerie Willens join the Franklin Park Reading Series for a night of short fiction....more
Alexandra Wuest, writing at HTMLGIANT, looks at the distinction between procrastination and the useful distraction that is a necessary part of the creative act:
Somewhere between the initial conception of an idea and the completion of the project exists a murky abyss of abstraction in which the horizon line is hidden–or may not even exist.
In this, the first week of June, a band of storytellers joined hands and exhaled sweet stories that rolled out like a giant park full of empty hammocks waiting to hold readers through the long summer days…
For example: On Tuesday, poet-storyteller Stuart Dybek released not one, but two short story collections: Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Stories (a compendium of flash fiction) and Paper Lantern: Love Stories (home to nine longer stories)....more
The multitalented Miranda July has departed from her usual theme of everyday people and enlisted ten celebrities and public figures to divulge emails from their personal inboxes....more
“…Loneliness is a word — easily enough spoken or written, like death or love – but really it’s a deep sadness, which is also a force, driving so many of our desires and actions, and at the same time shameful and hidden and nearly impossible to live with, out in the open, in any authentic way.”
Over at The Millions, Sonya Chung writes a beautiful meditation on loneliness....more
Loads of people have slept with authors or well-read individuals, but what would it be like to sleep with a book?...more
Fashion Week in New York has come to a close. And so therefore must our week-long run of literary fashionables.
We end our series with The Performing Artist and The Humanitarian. Miranda July and Dave Eggers are both noted for being torchbearers of their generation, a generation for the members of which one career, along one well-defined path, is not enough....more