January 14, 2015 Miranda July's new novel The First Bad Man defies neat summaries; reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls July "a master of the intimate weirdnesses of human thought," who treats dusty mental corners with care.
January 11, 2015 The director and artist says one of the challenges of writing The First Bad Man was shaping her main character's odd psyche. Then, she says, she realized, "I can always take it back if it's too much."
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June 4, 2007 As kids we preferred indoor recess to the playground hullabaloo. As adults we're film dorks, comic book geeks and indie-music nerds. We do not, as a general rule, jet-ski. This is what we'll be reading as we try to avoid the sun.
June 4, 2007 "Miranda July's language is spare and beautiful, and her characters present themselves to the reader so gently, it's as if they whisper," writes Glen Weldon. "July knows exactly what short stories can do, and in this ambitious debut, she wastes no time doing it."
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