Friday, December 14, 2007

Miranda July at Colette

A few weeks ago I stumbled across the website for Miranda July,, the writer and performance artist probably best known for the indie film "Me You and Everyone We Know," which she wrote and starred in. It was a lucky stumble because it announced a reading she would be giving at Colette, the ultra-hip (although way over hyped), concept store, I had bought her book of short stories,"No one Belongs Here More than You," over the summer in the US and loved reading just a couple a night before going to sleep. I love her mix of humor, honesty, oddness and darkness. So it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to see her read in person, but unfortunately it was a little disappointing. The reading took place on the lower level of the store and throughout the reading the cafe guys were washing dishes and preparing drinks, people were talking on cell phones and you could hear the high heeled ladies above clanking along the aluminum staircase. She read two stories and a French version was also read, which was cool, but then there didn;t seem to be any plan and it fell apart. Rather then try to open a question and answer session and/or signing, the event kind of just ended and Miranda went to talk to friends. Oh well, her writing is a treat and so I'll take it.

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