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Miranda July Has A Foolproof Plan For Beating Distractions

When you need to get past all of the distractions that keep you from being productive, nothing beats a little hostage taking.

Miranda July Has A Foolproof Plan For Beating Distractions
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If Miranda July is easily distracted and prone to procrastination, her body of work certainly doesn’t show it: She’s published three books, directed two movies, recorded two albums, and created a number of multimedia art installations in her less-than-forty years on this planet.

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But just because a person is prolific doesn’t mean that she can’t relate to the trials of those who are inclined to spend their productive time diddling around, and July–in a three-minute short film she released on Vimeo (that uses footage from her 2011 feature film, The Future) entitled “A Handy Tip For The Easily Distracted”–has a foolproof plan for getting past such things.


The short is vintage July, full of quirky weirdness and a down-to-earth practicality. It stars the director herself alone in an apartment, as she assembles her technique for beating the obvious distractions (cell phones, computers, celebrity magazines, also apparently tweezers) in a way that’s both bizarrely convoluted and downright logical. At the very least, we’d hate to be a vintage dress around July’s apartment when she’s having a hard time getting started.

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Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and his dog. He's written about music for MTV and Spin, sports for Sports Illustrated, and pop culture for Vulture and the AV Club

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