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No one belongs here more than you : stories (original 2007; udgave 2007)

af Miranda July

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Filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the audio short story 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. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals her characters' idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives.No One Belongs Here More Than Youis a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.… (mere)
Medlem:floristwhitaker
Titel:No one belongs here more than you : stories
Forfattere:Miranda July
Info:New York : Scribner, c2007.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Les falta un poco de emoción a estos libros de Miranda July. Aún así, muy ingeniosas las historias ( )
  Orellana_Souto | Jul 27, 2021 |
I loved this author's first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, which presented her as a quirky artiste. That is confirmed by this collection of stories, which are alternately sad, hilarious, twisted, physical, and bizarre. I recommend the collection but it is not for the faint of heart or anyone with a sense of prudishness as there is a lot of sexual content. ( )
  jgmencarini | Jul 11, 2021 |
I'd never heard of Miranda July before I was recommended this, so as far as I know it's as good a place to start with her as any. I'd appreciate some better sequencing for her next short story collection; that saying about never getting a second chance to make a first impression is just as applicable to the written word as to people, and a collection of a few serviceable stories that front-loads many of the weaker stories at the front, like this one does, is harder for me to immerse myself in because the lingering thoughts of "man, that last story wasn't very good" still hang over the good ones.

I also think I'd like her better in longer form and with more of a focus on narratives, since many of these stories are either too short or don't go anywhere, or both. For example, a story like "The Moves", about a man who teaches his daughter how to fingerbang, could have had at least some kind of development beyond the premise, but it simply ends abruptly when the girl decides she'll teach her daughter to do the same. What did I just read? Occasionally July comes up with a memorable setting or a strong turn of phrase ("We both fantasize about other people when we’re having sex, but he likes to tell me who the other people are, and I don’t. Why should I? It’s my own private business. It’s not my fault he gets off on having me know. He likes to report it the second he comes, like a cat presenting the gift of a dead bird."), but overall many of these stories are almost weirdly passionless and banal: a parade of life things happen to characters, and you know how you're supposed to feel about those things because July tells you how the characters feel about them. Then the story ends and the next one starts.

Case in point: does it matter to the reader that the woman's laser-removed birthmark in "The Birthmark" that magically shows up again after fifteen years when she breaks a jar of jam is somehow related to the couple's desire to have a child? July tries to universalize the woman's wanting to hide her birthmark, inviting the reader to imagine themselves doing the same disappearing act with their own flaws, but there's just not enough in the story to hang an idea like that on, and it ends with her husband on his knees is a scene that is supposed to Mean Something without actually meaning much. Most of them don't seem to mean anything at all - "This Person", "It Was Romance", "I Kiss a Door" make almost no impression on the reader emotionally, literarily, or otherwise - but ironically, a story like "Something That Means Nothing" is leaps and bounds above the rest, with strong characters, an actual plot, and a well-defined emotional arc for a girl whose tumultuous lesbian relationship eventually leads her to an unsavory job at a sex shop. Same with the ending story "How to Tell Stories to Children", which follows the relationship between a childless woman and the daughter of two of her friends through the years.

Another well-done one was "The Sister", about a guy whose friend says he'll set him up with his sister, with increasingly elaborate excuses over time for why she somehow never shows up, until his friend eventually feeds him E and sleeps with him. The slightly off tone, the way July allows the reader to guess what's really happening before the narrator figures it out - those are marks of actual writing, as opposed to the uninteresting and unrevelatory sequences of unconnected events that occur in most of the rest. Sometimes it seemed like weird/non-vanilla sex made her care about her her stories, but even though "The Sister" and "Something That Means Nothing" were good, there was the aforementioned "The Moves", and also stuff like "Mon Plaisir", where a post-menopausal woman whose sex life consists of lactating for her husband while she jerks him off (?), debates with him about whether to have children (?), decides that they should become movie extras (?), and then has a sudden revelation that they need to finally need to live separate lives after a pantomime argument while performing as background actors (?).

In her defense, it's possible to explain away a lot of my criticisms by taking the position that these stories are about the difference between people's fantasies and actual reality. However, there's a fine line between fantasy/surrealism/dream logic, and stories that come off like someone recounting a particularly boring dream they had last night, especially since none of them are supposed to be in dreamworlds anyway. Instead they come off like outlines for a scenes in an indie movie, like "The Swin Team", where a woman who's moved to an extremely small town without a swimming people teaches people to swim by placing bowls of saltwater in front of them and telling them to imagine that they're swimming. The image is worth at least a smile, and that's perhaps a further point in her favor - either you get her sense of humor, or you feel like she's trying to write the Napoleon Dynamite of short stories.

If she confined herself to writing longer stories with clearer narrative arcs, then this would be a more enjoyable read, but overall there are too many stories that seem to lie dead on the page. I don't know what to think about George Saunders' laudatory quote on the back cover. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
An exceptional collection of short stories that are written through an artistic lens, stringing together stories of individuals who make up part of a weird and wonderful pot-pourri of the world. Simple use of language complements the gratifyingly unique stories. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
I read this book while on a solo trip to a new city, so there was something both unsettling and comforting about bringing these lonely characters along with me. I loved many of those stories, though I agree with other reviews that say some of them feel unfinished. To me, her endings either took my breath away or left me feeling like that final clincher was lacking, or that it was a little too much of a kick. I felt that way about the story "I Kiss a Door;" the end was built to feel like a shock, but the story hadn't revealed anything yet about the characters, so it came off as too contrived. Other stories were perfectly constructed and just weird enough, like "The Swimming Lesson" and "Something That Needs Nothing." Overall I loved the way the author took simple observations or universal feelings and spun them into something unique. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
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Filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the audio short story 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. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals her characters' idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives.No One Belongs Here More Than Youis a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

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