Making Things

The childlike, unchildlike art of Miranda July

You've made art since you were very young. You're a filmmaker, performer and now a writer. Are you going to tackle other media?

These three are already driving me crazy. No one will ever see the drawings I do or hear the bad songs I sing. But my sense of self-worth is totally tied up in making things. It's definitely the hell of my life. It's the worst thing, that pressure, in a way. I try to remind myself that, theoretically, there's time. No one really is losing sleep over when things come out. I just have tremendous guilt about not working. I had a period of, like, three months when I was 22 or so when I didn't make anything. At the end, I thought, "Never again." Now, I'm like, "Wow, how did I not off myself?" But it's not, thank God, all about getting attention. It's how I make sense of the world. It predates an audience.

NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU: STORIES BY MIRANDA JULY; SCRIBNER. HARDCOVER, 224 PAGES, $23.

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