It Chooses You

I read a book. I liked it a lot, a lot more than I expected. So I wrote a recommendation for it, and here it is.

I have a confession to make: I only picked up this book because I had a slew of things I didn’t want to do and I wanted a distraction. Little did I know I’d stumbled onto an ode to procrastination written by an evident master of the craft.

It Chooses You is a funny, heartfelt commiseration about being creative, distractible and in a funk. Struggling to finish a screenplay, Miranda July starts poring over items for sale in the PennySaver. She starts calling up the sellers and then interviewing them in their homes, photographer in tow.

As a storyteller, July is touchingly concerned with the non-electronic. Most of her interviewees don’t own computers, and the real tangible things they are selling are invested with the sorts of stories only physical objects can contain, stories that end when the object is destroyed or thrown away or simply when the last person aware of its meaning disappears.

Miranda July knows you procrastinate, and so do I. If you do it with this book, you won’t be wasting your time.