I went to a book lecture last night because I am the intelligent artsy type or boring and lonely (I went on my own) you choose. I was actually super excited because it was Miranda July and she was going to read from her new book of short stories. I hadn’t read the book but I loved the film Me and You and Everyone We Know so was looking forward to it and a bit intrigued. However Ms. July was joined by Wilfred Takken, Arts Editor for NRC Handelsblad who was to interview her on stage. Now this part of the evening was awful, really cringe worthy as he alternated between smug arts correspondent bollocks to badgering her about writing as a woman (Mr. Takken –she is a fucking woman) Miranda July looked confused for the most part and embarrassed for the rest.
However I still loved it. Miranda July, I think I love you. It was wonderful to listen as you read your short story The Boy From Lam Kien and when I read it later sitting on the balcony it was only your voice I could hear.
I have been to a few of these things before but this was the best. The only thing is that I now really regret losing my bottle and not going to get my book signed, you see I was on my own and didn’t know what to say. Completely star struck!
I also found out about her website http://learningtoloveyoumore.com/ which gives people art assignments, I think I will pick one and give it a go.