Our weekend recommendations for April 30th
READ: No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Miranda July is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, artist, writer, among many things. Maybe you recognize her most recent film Kajillionaire (2020) or one of her many past projects including Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005).
Her collection of 16 stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2007 and has been published in over twenty countries. The charming and delicate stories, while sometimes peculiar, will draw you in –July’s unique take on modern loneliness is vulnerable and will (no matter how cliché this sounds) leave you feeling less alone.
Check out this excerpt of the book on NPR to get a taste of what you’re in for:
From the Publisher
Miranda July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly–they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals her characters’ idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
Get it Here
The Oscar-awarded best picture (in addition to Chloé Zhao winning best director and Frances McDormand as best actress) ‘Nomadland’ is an emotional story of a woman who has lost everything in the Great Recession and journeys as a modern nomad, traveling in a van across the American West. Leaving conventional society, Fern finds purpose on the road with new and interesting people. While the character of Fern is of fiction, this lifestyle and current day nomads are not. The film includes ‘non-actors’–Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells– who are actively living this lifestyle. ‘Nomadland’ was adapted from Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century” and is now a beautiful addition to the media coverage of this way of life.
Watch on Hulu
LISTEN TO: Binki
In 2020, Binki was noted as one to watch and now fans are begging for more music. Only a few songs into his music career, (the musician was originally set on an acting career) he has already caught the attention of many, especially fans of the varying sounds of indie–pop, rock, funk, and hip-hop. If you know and love songs by artists like Gus Dapperton, Still Woozy, or Tyler the Creator, Binki belongs on your playlists. Having already been signed to New York City-based FADER Label, the independent record label that has released albums by Clairo and Matt and Kim, we are hoping more is one the way soon… especially those upbeat dance tracks for summer.