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In the summer of 2009 Miranda July was struggling to write her second screenplay, The Future, when she began to obsessively read the PennySaver classified ads. The iconic Los Angeles newsprint booklet served a computerless demographic—a quickly disappearing group, but one rife with stories. Who was the person selling the LARGE LEATHER JACKET, $10 OR BEST OFFER? It seemed important to find out, or, at least it was a great distraction from the screenplay.

Working with photographer Brigitte Sire, July interviewed thirteen PennySaver sellers to create portraits of their surprisingly moving, profoundly specific realities. Among these was Joe, an energetic 82-year-old with his own sweetly perverse body of artwork. By the end of the summer, July had written Joe into the movie as himself and the voice of the moon.

July reveals her hilariously random and blindly faithful creative process as we travel with her all over the city, and eventually to the set of The Future (in theaters in July). Combining narrative, interviews, and photographs, this book tells the story not only of the making of a movie in Los Angeles, but of the city itself.

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Miranda July is the author of No One Belongs Here More Than You, winner of the Frank OConnor International Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, and The Paris Review. July wrote, directed, and starred in the film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera dOr at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second film, The Future, was released this summer.

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S_Ava, February 27, 2012 (view all comments by S_Ava)
Honestly, I thought this was going to cheeky and gimmic-y. So glad I was proved wrong. I read it one day. Another great one from Miranda July.
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S_Ava, February 27, 2012 (view all comments by S_Ava)
Honestly, I thought this was going to be gimmacy-y, cheeky. I couldn't put it down. Read it in one day. More great stuff from Miranda July. So glad I was proved wrong.
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Donna Otter, February 4, 2012 (view all comments by Donna Otter)
Miranda July is poster girl for the follow your impulses, give in to distraction and procrastination way of creation. There's most
likely only one of these posters though, selling for a dollar in a pennysavers ad. Jealous of "older writers who had gotten more of
a toehold on their discipline before the web came," July only got one script and one book written before the internet arrived. So she'd
"set the stage for writing but instead looked things up online." Or read the pennysaver ads over lunch. She gave up on her project and gave
in to her curiosity about just who these pennysaver-ad-placers were, and inadvertently stumbled into a subculture of people without
computers. July meets some extreme characters and interviews them with earnest respect, honest about her feelings of fear, overwhelm,
sympathy and affection. I already loved the book before I even got to the surprising and tender ending. Now I want to go see "The Future"
again. If you're stymied,stuck or stalled out in a creative endeavor, I highly recommend you stop and read this book. You can call it research.
Oh and Miranda, if you're googling yourself again, hi, I love your work.
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ISBN:
9781936365012
Author:
July, Miranda
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
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Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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In the summer of 2009 Miranda July was struggling to write her second screenplay, The Future, when she began to obsessively read the PennySaver classified ads. The iconic Los Angeles newsprint booklet served a computerless demographic—a quickly disappearing group, but one rife with stories. Who was the person selling the LARGE LEATHER JACKET, $10 OR BEST OFFER? It seemed important to find out, or, at least it was a great distraction from the screenplay.

Working with photographer Brigitte Sire, July interviewed thirteen PennySaver sellers to create portraits of their surprisingly moving, profoundly specific realities. Among these was Joe, an energetic 82-year-old with his own sweetly perverse body of artwork. By the end of the summer, July had written Joe into the movie as himself and the voice of the moon.

July reveals her hilariously random and blindly faithful creative process as we travel with her all over the city, and eventually to the set of The Future (in theaters in July). Combining narrative, interviews, and photographs, this book tells the story not only of the making of a movie in Los Angeles, but of the city itself.

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