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From the acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and bestselling author of No One Belongs Here More Than You, a spectacular debut novel that is so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny--so Miranda July--that readers will be blown away.Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one. When Cheryl's bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl's eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee--the selfish, cruel blond bombshell--who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime. Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love, Miranda July's first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling, disorienting, and unforgettable.
Io Anthology celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this formative journal and commemorates its role in opening a path to decades of innovative publishing.Bringing together in one volume the quirky blend of artistic and scholarly writing that characterized the literary journal, this book is a "greatest hits" collection of the major pieces published from 1965 to 1993. It features very early work from Stephen King, Gary Snyder, Jayne Anne Phillips, and many others, with forewords by writer and filmmaker Miranda July and historical ecologist Robin Grossinger, the daughter and son of the editors, who grew up with Io and were in part initiated in their careers by its household presence. Io forged an eclectic path through the upheaveals of the 1960s in art, literature, science, and the life of the spirit with writing that embraced astrophysics, science fiction, parapsychology, topology, poetry from Black Mountain, Beat, and New American traditions, wisdom from Hopi and Iglulik elders, homeopathy, hermetics, alchemy and the occult, astrology, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism. Portraying the roots and spirit which impelled Io to evolve into a publishing company, this volume shows the seriousness and depth of content which continues to enliven North Atlantic Books.From the Trade Paperback edition.ng the continuity of purpose and content between North Atlantic Books, which grew out of the magazine, this volume chronicles the voices and spirit that continue to enliven the publishing vision that persists to this day.
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 out-or 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.
Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly - they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
"These delightful stories do that essential-but-rare story thing: they surprise. They skip past the quotidian, the merely real, to the essential, and do so with a spirit of tenderness and wonder that is wholly unique. They are (let me coin a phrase) July-esque, which is to say: infused with wonder at the things of the world." --George Saunders, author of Tenth of DecemberAward-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly--they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
Un debut novelístico deslumbrante que te desconcertará, por una de las voces más originales del panorama actual, un icono del indie americano: Miranda July. La vida de Cheryl Glickman está sometida a las fantasías y creencias más dispares, así como a un excéntrico sistema de reglas y rituales. Cree fervientemente en historias de amor que traspasan los siglos y tiene una estrecha relación con el alma de un recién nacido al que conoció siendo niña y que transmigra, desde entonces, del cuerpo de un bebé a otro. A sus cuarenta y poco años vive sola, y desde hace tiempo trabaja en una organización sin ánimo de lucro que realiza unos peculiares vídeos de autodefensa femenina. El día que se ve obligada a acoger temporalmente en su piso a Clee, la hija veinteañera de sus jefes, su rutina e intimidad sufren un inesperado descalabro. Clee es distante, altiva, desdeñosa y mantiene una escasa higiene personal, además de estar enganchada al móvil y sumida siempre en una preocupante inactividad frente al televisor. Inevitablemente, Cheryl se ve arrastrada a un peligroso juego de intimidación pero, a su vez y de forma inesperada, acaba descubriendo el amor de toda una vida. Imbuida de las fantasías sexuales más impetuosas y de la intensidad del amor maternal, esta primera novela de Miranda July rezuma ternura y un perspicaz sentido del humor, y confirma a esta multifacética artista como una de las voces más originales del panorama cultural actual. La crítica ha dicho...«La habilidad de Miranda July para pervertir las normas sin dejar de lado lo que nos hace normales es sorprendente. Te hará reír, encogerte y reconocerte en una mujer que nunca planeaste ser. Jamás una novela me ha hablado de manera tan profunda acerca de mi sexualidad, mi espiritualidad y mi intimidad.»Lena Dunham «Un gran y conmovedor retrato de la maternidad y lo que significa cuidar a un niño.»Michino Kakutani, The New York Times «Buenísima, desternillante, irreverente, mordaz.»O, The Oprah Magazine «De repente este extraño libro se convierte en algo vital.»Elle «Algunos artistas desean convertir el mundo en un lugar donde ellos puedan sentirse más cómodos, y cambiar a la gente y sus dinámicas para lograr ese fin. Miranda July es una de esas artistas.»Sheila Heti «Una historia profundamente íntima que arranca en la sordidez de la soledad y que poco a poco se irá convirtiendo en un profundo y conmovedor relato de amor y compromiso fuera de lo común.»Dave Eggers «Un libro quye se tiene que leer y que se tiene que comprar por duplicado.»A.M. Homes
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