Amy Gerstler on Miranda July’s No One Belongs Here More than You
No One Belongs Here More Than You:
by Miranda July
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Renaissance woman Miranda July is a quirky, prolific video, Web, and performance artist. In 2005, she snatched a fistful of awards for her first feature film, Me and You and Everyone We Know. (She won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at Cannes, to note just the biggies.) Now, with No One Belongs Here More than You, a collection of sixteen stories, July makes her literary maiden voyage.
These sagas of modern folly are packed with angst, manic energy, dark wit, and odd fancies—a distinctive July cocktail. One story opens, “Before he died, my father taught me his finger moves. They were movements for getting a woman off.” Though the tales employ dialogue and a dash of action, they largely consist of dramatic monologues by characters trapped in and trying to break free from the solitary
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