Miranda July’s “We Think Alone” Lets You Know Celebrities Are Normal People, Too

by Corinna Kirsch on July 5, 2013 Blurb

Courtesy: The 405

Miranda July used to make art about normal people, but now she makes art about celebrities. In We Think Alone, an email project that debuted on Monday, July delivers celebrities’ emails straight to your inbox, revealing the mundane and absurd details that make up their lives. Celebrities: they’re just like us!

Anyone can sign up to receive We Think Alone emails, but the power of subscription doesn’t work retroactively. Lucky for you, we’re reprinting the whole email from the first installment below. Enjoy.


——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Kirsten Dunst

Date: April 24, 2013, 3:41:57 PM PDT
To: H
Subject: Hi Sandy

My friend Jessica is buying my car for 7,000 I gave her your info for payments. She’s going to pay 2,000 up front and then pay the rest as fast as she can. Don’t know the paper work involved, but Warren mentioned he had something.

Sent from my iPhone
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Rodarte
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:24 PM
To: S
Subject: RE: Pins

can we get our money back on the wrong pins?

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: danh vo
Date:  June 20, 2009 6:47:55 PM GMT+02:00
To: joe

Subject: —

baby i was thinking of making your house into a foundation…

what do you think about this?

if you are interested i need to have a scan of your will so i can have some lawyers look at it.


baby monster

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Etgar Keret
To: Pierre
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 6:41 AM

Subject: greetings from Tel Aviv<

Dear Pierre,

I understood from my agents that we will not collaborate on the 9.99 book.

Although I do not know much about the exact reasons for that I have been publishing books long enough to know that it is a very fluid and ever-changing sphere of creation and that there are countless reasons why such a change could happen.

However, since publishing this book and having the chance to collaborate with you as a publisher are of special importance for me I had found it important to write this personal email to help and clarify things:

If the main reason for that change is the writer’s fee which was agreed for Tatia and me, I, personally, would be happy to receive less. If it is for any other reason than it is totally understandable too but I just want to “clear my conscience”

and be sure that our collaboration on this potentially beautiful book  didn’t end due to money issues.

Best wishes,

Etgar keret

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Catherine Opie
To: L
Sent: April 26, 2006 5:27:03 PM PDT
Subject: site santa fe pricing

Here are the figures for the SITE Santa Fe project.

SITE Santa Fe Edition

Ship and Whale

final print size:

14.375 x 30 inches (including white borders)

expenses thus far:

large test print  $70

small test print   $40

production fees $250

total: $355

Production of each print

(when printed direct to print at A&I, with 2 prints formatted on one
30×30 file):

$25 each

plus trimming and mounting costs.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Lee Smolin
Date: Thu, May 14, 2009 at 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: economics conference and follow up
To: V

Dear V

S added you to the list, and she is talking today.  My understanding is I will not be teaching at U of T, I can be on committees to supervise PhD students in philosophy, that’s about it.  I think its more symbolic than anything but I am proud of it as I have always aspired eventually to grow up to be a philosopher.  I will drop into the thought experiment workshop time allowing, I will also be at a cosmology meeting at U of T next Tuesday.

If you are interested in the gauge theory and economics, the first thing to do is to read the first chapter of Pia Malaney’s thesis: The Index Number Problem: A Differential Geometric Approach, Pia Nandini Malaney, Ph.D thesis Harvard University 1996. I don’t recall if I sent it to you before. I also discuss it in my paper on the subject, did I send you that? One project I have in mind is to develop the application to issues on trade, I have a guess that the principle of comparative advantage, which is the main principle in economics of trade will be a theorem in a gauge theoretic approach to two countries trading two goods, but that it will fail to be generally true with more countries and goods.   But once you study the material you may have your own ideas.

Lee Smolin

Perimeter Institute


All best wishes,
——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Sheila Heti
Date: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 1:59 PM
Subject: Re:
To: Helen DeWitt

Hi Helen,

Well, you are asking the wrong person about how to make money. I have
less than $1000 in the bank and no credit card debt and no savings. I
am hoping that my new book will sell in the States and elsewhere in
the new year to save me. I recently sold a book to Faber which I wrote
with a friend of mine (sort of “everything my friend Misha knows” —
he spoke while I transcribed). They bought world rights for $7000,
half of which Misha takes. Minus Markus’s commission.

I have many ideas and beginnings for new books which is what I plan to
work on in the new year, but it’s a crazy way to live.

I tried to pitch a story to Glamour (sort of the DOs and DON’Ts of
setting up your friends) and while they finally accepted it, they kept
making it shorter and shorter. I don’t know how much I’m going to get
from it in the end, but I figure, who has more money than American
women’s magazines? I don’t have an endless supply of ideas for that
genre, though.I spent several months in the fall working as a temp. I am loathe to
take in a tenant in the extra room in my apartment, which is, anyway,
only $1000.

Why don’t you come to Toronto? It’s a very good place to be; not very
expensive, not so cold this year, and I could help you find a place.
Smart and serious people around and no big troubles.

I am thinking of self-publishing these books I have in mind. When I
think of your experience with YNH it seems harder than one would
expect. But I don’t know why I should give world rights to a place
like Faber for $7000 — I could make more than that, I think, selling
them on my own.

It’s insane that you couldn’t sell LR. I just don’t understand that. Is it really too
contoversial? That’s scary. I wish I had my own press.

Maybe if you send me your most recent version I could pass it to some
people I know at big presses in Canada (Random House, etc). It might
not make a difference, but it might…


———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Lena Dunham
Date: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: Liljevalch Sofa Update
To: LD Assistant

decided it’s just too expensive:)

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM, LD Assistant <> wrote:

TOTAL TIMEFRAME: 10 Weeks to make it, 6-10 weeks to ship it from Sweden.16-20 weeks

The price to make the Liljevalch Sofa is $14,878.93 plus the fabric which is $283.56 per meter and we would need 20 meters of fabric. So the entire cost of the couch would be $20,554.39.

Shipping the sofa:  It will take between 16 and 20 weeks to make and ship the sofa to us (from Sweden and will cost $3,080.85, plus $400.00 in customs charges.
whenever you pick the fabric I can order for you! 🙂 xox

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: KAJ
Date: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 1:59 PM
Subject: The Big Split
To: Raymond Obstfeld

Hi Raymond,

First, how did you like the cover for Sasquatch in the Paint? I thought it had a cheerful wholesomeness to it yet still focused on the basketball angle. The yellow lights around the kid based on me made him look like he’d been sprinkled by Tinker Bell and was flying to Neverland. Probably because Disney is the publisher. But it still looks pretty cool.

We’re supposed to be receiving a check from Hyperion-Disney soon so I’ll have Deborah send you a check as soon as it arrives. Writing this book was so much fun I feel a little like we stole the money. But only a little bit.

Let’s get together next week and start work on the next one. I have an idea I think you’ll like, but I want to work out some of the details first.


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