It Chooses You

It Chooses You Cover

It Chooses You

By Miranda July; Brigitte Sire (Photographer)

McSweeney's Books, Hardcover, 9781936365012, 218pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Description

In the summer of 2009, Miranda July was struggling to finish writing the screenplay for her much-anticipated second film. During her increasingly long lunch breaks, she began to obsessively read the PennySaver, the iconic classifieds booklet that reached everywhere and seemed to come from nowhere. Who was the person selling the Large leather Jacket, $10”? It seemed important to find outor at least it was a great distraction from the screenplay.

Accompanied by photographer Brigitte Sire, July crisscrossed Los Angeles to meet a random selection of PennySaver sellers, glimpsing thirteen surprisingly moving and profoundly specific realities, along the way shaping her film, and herself, in unexpected ways.

Elegantly blending narrative, interviews, and photographs with July’s off-kilter honesty and deadpan humor, this is a story of procrastination and inspiration, isolation and connection, and grabbing hold of the invisible world.



About the Author
Miranda July is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. Her stories have appeared in "The New Yorker, The Paris Review, " and "Harper s. "The story collection" No One Belongs Here More Than You "won the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. She wrote, directed, and starred in "The Future". Her film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know", received a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d Or at Cannes. In 2014 she debuted the audience-participatory performance, New Society, at the Walker Art Center, and launched the messaging service app, Somebody.



Praise For It Chooses You

Voted a "Can't Miss Read for December 2011" by Oprah Magazine.

"July, an artist, writer, performer and film-maker who creates work 'about people trying to connect in one way or another and the importance of that' has moved from casual wondering to something substantive and extraordinary."
Hermione Hoby, the Guardian