Learning to Love You More

Harrell Fletcher, Author, Miranda July, Author, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Essay by Prestel Publishing $19.95 (158p) ISBN 978-3-7913-3733-3
In this selection of art and personal stories from their website, learningtoloveyoumore.com, artists Fletcher and July (author of the short story collection No One Belongs Here More than You) present a jumble of the poignant and slapstick. Founded in 2002, the website provides its visitors with arty ""assignments"" and asks that participants post their responses online. Assignments range from the straightforward (#9: ""Draw a constellation from someone's freckles"") to the absurd (#1: ""Make a child's outfit in an adult size...and wear it as much as possible"") to the heart-wrenching (#31: ""Spend time with a dying person""). The resonance of the work submitted and displayed on the easily navigated website is sadly diminished in book form, where a willing lack of organization often isolates contributions from the same assignment; though it's probably the authors' way of encouraging readers to slow down and browse a bit, the awkward format doesn't do the lively, carefully crafted contributions justice. A more conventional presentation (including, say, an index) would have gone a long way toward making the most of both contributors' works and readers' time. More compelling is a complete list of assignments in the final pages, which offers many points of departure for the inspired browser. 160 color illustrations.
Reviewed on: 09/03/2007
Release date: 09/01/2007
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