Synopses & Reviews
The best of the groundbreaking website learningtoloveyoumore.com, which asks ordinary people to complete out-of-the-ordinary assignments with extraordinary results. In a world obsessed with "reality" programming, the collaborative public art project known as "Learning to Love You More" offers a refreshing take on how actual people think, act, and love. Created by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, the web-based project, begun in 2002, offers more than sixty "assignments" that can be completed by anyone: "Write the phone conversation you wish you could have"; "Photograph two strangers holding hands"; "Draw a constellation from someone's freckles"; "Take a flash photo under your bed." Completed assignments are posted on the web site; to date, more than 5,000 people have participated in the project artists and non-artists of all ages, from New York to Cullowhee, North Carolina, and from Tel Aviv to Rio de Janeiro. For this book July and Fletcher have carefully curated a provocative selection of the most memorable submissions. These written and visual responses range from shocking and moving to hilarious and oddly brilliant. Together they create a pop culture collage that tells a larger story about life today. The result is an engaging, heartwarming, idea-sparking book sure to inspire, teach, and entertain.
"In this selection of art and personal stories from their website, learningtoloveyoumore.com, artists Fletcher and July (author of the short story collection No One Belongs Here More than You) present a jumble of the poignant and slapstick. Founded in 2002, the website provides its visitors with arty 'assignments' and asks that participants post their responses online. Assignments range from the straightforward (#9: 'Draw a constellation from someone's freckles') to the absurd (#1: 'Make a child's outfit in an adult size...and wear it as much as possible') to the heart-wrenching (#31: 'Spend time with a dying person'). The resonance of the work submitted and displayed on the easily navigated website is sadly diminished in book form, where a willing lack of organization often isolates contributions from the same assignment; though it's probably the authors' way of encouraging readers to slow down and browse a bit, the awkward format doesn't do the lively, carefully crafted contributions justice. A more conventional presentation (including, say, an index) would have gone a long way toward making the most of both contributors' works and readers' time. More compelling is a complete list of assignments in the final pages, which offers many points of departure for the inspired browser. 160 color illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A collaboration between writer, filmmaker and artist Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, this book brings together the best of the popular website learningtoloveyoumore.com, which asks ordinary people to contribute to assignments posted on the site and features responses that are surprising, touching, imaginative, and often hilarious.
In a world obsessed with 'reality' programming, the collaborative public art project known as "Learning To Love You More" offers a refreshing take on how people think, act and love. Created by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, the web-based project, begun in 2002, offers more than sixty 'assignments' that can be completed by anyone: 'Write the phone conversation you wish you could have'; 'Draw a constellation from someone's freckles'; 'Take a flash photo under your bed.' Completed assignments are posted on the web site; to date, more than 5,000 people have participated - artists and non-artists of all ages, from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. July and Fletcher have curated a selection of the most memorable submissions - some moving, others hilarious and oddly brilliant, to create a pop culture collage that tells a larger story about life today. The result is an engaging, heartwarming, idea sparking book sure to inspire, teach, and entertain. Her film "Me And You And Everyone We Know" (Film Four) was a cult hit in 2005 - it won 15 Awards including the Golden Camera at Cannes and the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the Sundance film festival.
About the Author
Miranda July is a filmmaker, performance artist, actress and writer. Her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know
received a special jury prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. July's short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's
, and Zoetrope
. Her first book of short fiction, No One Belongs Here More than You
, was published in spring 2007.
Harrell Fletcher's work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center in New York City, the Seattle Art Museum, the Royal College of Art in London, and at the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher is currently associate professor of art at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.