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The Golden Thumb

The Golden Thumb

If you’ve already seen “Me And You And Everyone We Know”, then you already know how special it is. And if so, you’re probably aware of how terrific Miranda July is. In any case, her new blog is equally wonderful. In a recent entry, she writes about her experience receiving the Golden Thumb award at Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival.

Generally speaking, one wants a thumbs-up. I want a thumbs-up every day, for each thing that I do. When I wake up in the morning I want a golden thumb for having fallen asleep at all. When I drive somewhere and actually get there, alive, I want a thumbs-up. But the award inscriptions are very specific, they say that it is just for the movie, not for getting by in life in a more overall sense. For that one needs self-affirmation, the internal thumbs-up. And sometimes a internal golden thumb may by the wrong award. I might just need to cry, the golden cry. Or not even golden, just a regular salt cry, for no real reason, just because life extends so far in all directions and most of them get very little press and will never be nominated for anything.

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