Learning to Love You More

In Art on November 30, 2008 at 11:40 am

mirandajulyNo One Belongs Here More Than You is a brilliant 224-page compilation of short stories by Miranda July, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story award in September of 2007.  I was enthralled page by page with the witty, organic language and the instability of character which made each story so thought provokingly relatable.  After finishing the collection in one sitting I had to find out more about this author who could write with such raw sophistication.  

Miranda July is not only an accomplished writer, she produced an award winning 2005 film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, recored an EP and two full length albums with Kill Rock Stars in the late 90’s, and with two other friends founded an online arts community Learning to Love You More.  Established in 2002 this site provides assignments for amateur artists to submit in order to be part of a communal arts project. Some assignments include make the saddest song, draw a picture of the back of your friend’s head, and make an encouraging banner.  Miranda July feels that the most affecting art exists when “it’s so imperfect you know it’s true.”



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