She didn’t ask me, but she did ask.
I took this photo a few years ago when I stopped to sit after a busy day of wandering around Boston for the first time. MMMM Pie.
Miranda July is at the top of my favourite-people-I-will-most-likely-never-meet list. She is an amazing writer/filmmaker/artist who draws you in with her wonderfully intimate and quirky works and makes you feel as though you’ve been best friends for ages. She‘s kind of my idol.
Over the weekend I picked up a copy of Lula magazine. I’d heard a lot about it and since I am a sucker for big beautiful fashion magazines, I thought I should finally listen to the pretty Swedish girl. Umm…. thing is, I wasn’t that impressed. Something about a few of the interviews was a bit too self indulgent - musicians interviewing other musicians and talking about how wonderful they all are, and then endlessly name dropping too obscure bands and la di da di da … but then I saw Miranda’s article.
I also sort of loved "Doll Parts". If only that green dress were mine.
Initially she asks an artist “the kind of things that best friends would tell each other, because I was pretty sure we would be best friends and I didn’t want to waste any time with formalities.” The artist responded that she was too busy and would rather just forward along an old list of answers to questions she had thought up years before.
Nick Cave wasn’t too busy. His answers were alright, but you know, he’s a boy and this is a girly magazine with girly questions.
I wish Miranda had answered them herself.
Anyway, the questionnaire finished with a photo request from Ms. July.
I had to oblige.
“Do one or more of the following:
1. Take a picture of yourself holding the last thing that was given to you and say who gave it to you and the circumstances.
2. Take a picture of yourself reading whatever book you are reading at the moment, with the book covering your face.
I’ve heard from a few reliable sources that if you read something by Jonathan Franzen it will change your life. I could do with a little sprucing up.
3. Poke a hole through a piece of paper, take a picture of yourself with the paper over your face, your tongue or nose through the hole.