I know she’s a bit much at times but…

I know she's a bit much at times, but I like Miranda July

She’s like that friend who you sometimes forget why you’re friends with–She says really annoying things sometimes and she’s always trying so hard. She’s trying so hard that everything seems forced and people notice and it’s uncomfortable. Maybe she  says something or does something like this and it embarrasses you in front of your friends. Or maybe you’re at dinner and she’s putting on her normal little show, and you like her show, you really do, but you’re also thinking to yourself that it’s still a show, that it still doesn’t seem real. That it’s fake and (there’s that word again) forced somehow. And you’re thinking, Damnit Miranda, can’t you turn it off for like five seconds so we can eat?!

But then… Ah, but then, you’ll be hanging out and she’ll say something so perfect and sweet, or she’ll make you laugh, or she’ll respond to something in a way that makes you look at the whole situation differently. That gives you a new perspective that’s meaningful and profound in a way you wouldn’t have expected from such a silly creature. And suddenly you’re reminded of how great she can be. How she really gets you in a way that other friends don’t, and maybe even can’t. That despite all her annoying tendencies–her not being able to turn it off, her theatrics, her whole shtick, and her “too-muchness”–she is actually pretty beautiful and real. And maybe it’s her too-muchness that gives her this weird power, that makes her what she is and allows her to see things and express them in ways that others can’t.

And then you smile, laugh, and love her for what she is.

Not everyone, in life or literature, is easy to love. That doesn’t mean they’re not worth it.

I pressed my lips to his ear and whispered again, It’s not your fault. Perhaps this was really the only thing I had ever wanted to say to anyone, and be told.

Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. 

You always feel like you’re on the only one in the world, like everyone else is crazy for each other, but it’s not true. Generally, people don’t like each other very much.

This is a picture of me taken in 1996. I am opening a letter from a stranger and no doubt my heart is pounding in a way that is uncalled for. I am 22 and I am just dying to know what this stranger has to say and I’m hoping it will turn my world upside down. Not that my world is so horrible, but I know it will be better upside down and understood by a stranger. It is this desire, to be transformed by understanding, that has pretty much propelled me through every single day since 1996.

She’s been in the literary news a lot lately and the articles have been kind of annoying too but I understand. She CAN be annoying. But she’s also herself. And she probably hates silly commentaries about her like this–thoughts on how she’s cute and annoying but still great.

Ha, but it kind of gives me hope for myself so too bad for her. Oh no… wait… Maybe I’M that friend! (Though I can’t imagine having that much insight.)


Real-life alternatives to The Celebrity Cookie Diet

They’re all a little bit more complicated it’s true, but just as effective.

  • The lonely girl eat an entire package of Pillsbury cookie-dough by herself because nobody is watching and nobody is around to care diet
  • The desperate late-nighter’s what do I have in my house that I can put cheddar-cheese on without it completely grossing out my roommate diet
  • The obsessive-girl’s eat Mexican food every single day of the week diet
  • The obsessive-girl’s eat bagels for every single meal diet
  • The obsessive-girl’s lets see how long I can last on boxed mashed-potatoes with little to no nutritional value diet
  • The 20-something who doesn’t know how to manage a personal budget eat large, extravagant, and expensive meals at the beginning of the pay period before running out of funds and subsisting on nothing but peanut butter and jelly for two weeks at the end of the month diet
  • The broke and depressed fuck it, I don’t care, I want sushi and I want it now diet
  • The lazy person’s I’m not really that hungry, don’t want to go to the grocery store, should save money anyway, so I’ll tell myself I’m fat and shouldn’t eat so I can justify my self-neglect eat nothing for a day or two diet