By Karina Longworth
Do you remember 2005, when Miranda July was blogging and making those bittersweet video diaries from the road whilst promoting “Me and You and Everyone We Know?” Remember how she filmed her walk up the red carpet at the Cannes, and it seemed so quirky and novel and maybe even a teeny tiny bit punk rock for a Portland-based video artist to be taking home movies from the Croisette whilst wearing borrowed Dior? Do you remember that things like that used to be special, because YouTube didn’t used to exist?
It looks like she’s back at it. A YouTube account was created 17 hours ago (as of this writing) under the name mjsecretary. The first video, embedded above, shows July in what I assume is her own kitchen, putting together a cardboard display stand for her book, “No One Belongs Here More Than You.” She has a conversation with the woman holding the camera about trading t-shirts. Then July pretends the cardboard stand, which is almost as big as her, is a purse.
You know… it’s cute. But three years on the internet is at least a decade in real time (this is why I feel like I’m actually 50 years old, even though my birth certificate says otherwise), and since July last dabbled in this field, the bar has been raised. I loved her Me and You festival videos, even though I wasn’t totally in the tank for the movie itself. More like that, please.