Enter a World Where Belief is Suspended

My relationship with Miranda July began a mere three weeks ago, when disaffected 20-somethings across the nation—ahem, across northern Brooklyn—alighted upon her whimsical “Somebody” iphone app. Through this app, one composes a message complete with stage direction and selects an intended recipient. Once finalized, this message “floats” until an enthusiastic dramaturge seizes the opportunity to deliver it. Thusly, you might arrange for your estranged lover to receive such a tender message as “I folded my laundry today and I didn’t even cry! I thought you should know [SMILE REALLY BIG].

To my knowledge, which is wholly based on the fact that a grand total of 2 people I know have installed the app, it hasn’t really taken off. Why, you might ask, has such a cleverly innovative messaging system not garnered a broader audience?

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My Joan Rivers Elevator Moment

I will always treasure my elevator-moment memory of Joan Rivers leaving me after a two-hour final editing session on the pages for Murder at the Academy Awards. The plot was all worked out, it had tension and a great climactic scene, but Joan wanted one more chance to sit with…

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From Lost To Found On The Metro-North Train

An important part of my daily life as an apathetic Millennial involves the strategic avoidance of hype. Overenthusiasm or, even worse, earnest admiration of any kind is a social embarrassment too great to risk, regardless of whatever cultural phenomenon, life-changing product, or stale viral video on which I might be…

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Why I Think Reading Is The Ultimate Luxury

Santa Montefiore is an internationally bestselling author of many books including The French Gardener, The Summer House, and The Beekeeper’s Daughter.  Her recent release, Secrets of the Lighthouse, has garnered widespread praise.  As Jojo Moyes puts it, “Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart.”   Here, Santa discusses…

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-Haruki Murakami