Miranda July has always been a favorite of mine. She’s a writer, performance artist and filmmaker, and her work is quirky and amazing. I recently watched her last film “The Future”. It was really sad and funny, I recommend it. But I’ve also started reading her latest book “It Chooses You”.
Apparently July got some major writer’s block when she was working on the script for the film and this book chronicles the journey she took to get over it. She found herself getting sucked into the internet, completely distracted, and googling stuff about her work instead of writing. She was also obsessed with the Pennysavers in the paper. She ended up calling up the people in the Pennysavers and visiting them and interviewing them about their lives, hopes, and dreams. This is the book. The interviews, her own personal narrative, and the photographs which document her encounters. It’s all about procrastination and seeing things through to the end.