Created by Miranda July, the Somebody application for the iPhone is one you can literally spend hours using. The thought process behind the program is that “when you can’t be there… somebody can!” So what exactly does this app do?
Users are allowed to type in a text message to the program and leave it floating in a bin for other users to select and voice record, at which point the voice recorded message is then sent to the original recipient. And, of course, you can also choose floating messages to voice record for your friends before they are forwarded to their recipients. Users don’t have to worry about their messages being read by just anyone, however, as the application only allows approved friends to have access to your floating messages. Yup. Pretty cool.
So what are you waiting for? It’s free, fun, and totally artsy. Download. Type. Talk. Connect.
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Miranda July: a writer, a performance artist, a filmmaker. What can’t this woman do? Me and You and Everyone We Know is a testament to July’s work ethic. She wrote, directed, and starred in this movie, and it’s one you’ll never forget. The film focuses in on the lives of multiple characters whose storylines dramatically intersect throughout the 91 minutes of odd (and characteristically July) plot.
Like all of her work, Me and You and Everyone We Know finds itself continually trapped in moments that are filled with uncomfortable encounters, inappropriate feelings, and raw emotions. At the root of it all is a story about humans and their growing disconnect between each other in an ever-growing world of modernity and technology. But like all good things, this film settles in a sweet spot by the story’s end, making all the awkward moments perfectly worth enduring.
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While The First Bad Man may be stealing all the attention on the literary front for Miranda July as of late, It Chooses You, published almost four years earlier, is a phenomenal work of image, interview, and non-fiction writing that has been flying under the radar for years. Released after her critically acclaimed collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, It Chooses You examines the lives of Los Angeles misfits through a series of personal narratives and in-person interviews paired with raw (but beautiful) images captured by Brigitte Sire.
The book follows July on a journey through writer’s block as she makes visits to the homes of those who have placed dated and bizarre ads in the Los Angeles PennySaver. The story climaxes with a series of events that are obliquely human and utterly Miranda July. Along the way, readers are taken into the periphery of social misfits, introducing them to a slew of characters that are as unforgettable as they are damaged. It Chooses You is a work like no other, and a highlight of July’s literary career.
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