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It Chooses You

In conversation with Joshuah Bearman
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Episode Summary
In procrastination mode while finishing the screenplay for her second film, Miranda July obsessively read the Pennysaver. Who was the person selling Care Bears for two dollars each? She crisscrossed L.A. to meet a random selection of PennySaver sellers, grabbing hold of the invisible world in a book that blends narrative, interviews, photographs and deadpan humor.

Participant(s) Bio
Miranda July is the author of No One Belongs Here More Than You, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Paris Review. July wrote, directed, and starred in the film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second film, The Future, was released this summer.

Joshuah Bearman once wrote 8,000 words about the metaphysics of Ms. Pac Man, compiled an entire volume of writing on the Yeti, and has spent a lot of time with real life superheroes, international cat burglars, aspiring Fabios, and the lone survivor of the Heaven's Gate cult. He has written for Rolling Stone, Wired, the New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, The Believer, and is a contributor to This American Life. He is working on a memoir, called St. Croix.