Miranda July wants to send you personal e-mails straight from the mailbox of Kirsten Dunst, Lena Dunham, Catherine Opie, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sheila Heti, Etgar Keret, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte), Lee Smolin and Danh Vo. Don't feel bad if you don't know all the names: there's a theoretical physicist in that list.
Quote from the artist: "I’m always trying to get my friends to forward me emails they’ve sent to other people — to their mom, their boyfriend, their agent — the more mundane the better. How they comport themselves in email is so intimate, almost obscene — a glimpse of them from their own point of view."
There will be 20 mails over a period of 20 weeks. Each mailing is themed. Yesterday, I got the first one in my mailbox. Its theme is 'an email about money'. Spoiler alert: Lena Dunham thinks 25 thousand dollars is too much for a couch. I'm sure she's heard this before, but yeah, I can totally relate to her writing. She also uses a smiley face (with one bracket as smiling lips) talking to her assistant. Feel free to analyze.
Here's Miranda July on strangers for 'The School of Life' lectures.