Miranda July’s First Novel Finds a Careful System at Risk

"Me and You and Everyone We Know," the fifth of Miranda July's ten film projects so far, won the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. In addition to filmmaking, she's put together wide-ranging visual and performance works and even the recent mobile-app-based conceptual piece, "Somebody." Her lauded short fiction evokes worlds both highly recognizable and slightly askew. She reads here from her new (debut) novel, "The First Bad Man."

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  • Daniel Wahlstrom

    Does anyone know the song at the end of this?

    • Rico Gagliano

      It’s by Kaki King, and it’s called “Doing The Wrong Thing.” Gives one the shivers, yes?

      • Daniel Wahlstrom

        That’s great, thanks! I’ve heard her before, just not any lap steel stuff! And nothing with a percussionist! It’s very pleasant to work to. Technically magnificent of course. A bit of trivia: I was certain based on their playing styles that Kaki King and Justin King were siblings, but I just learned this is not so. Anyway, thanks again for getting Kaki King back into my music rotation! Take care.

  • abirdman

    This is a lovely reading by Miranda July. So cutting and fierce, and told in the same gentle, assured voice I hear when I read her work from the page.

  • hedwigrocks24

    omg this book. This brief reading gives you no idea what will be in store if you read this. The most funny, weird, affecting book I have read in a LONG time. This was my intro to this author/filmaker etc…I will be seeking you out like a scud missile, Ms. July…thanks