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A collaboration between writer, filmmaker and artist Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, this book brings together the best of the popular website learningtoloveyoumore.com, which asks ordinary people to contribute to assignments posted on the site and features responses that are surprising, touching, imaginative, and often hilarious.


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A collaboration between writer, filmmaker and artist Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, this book brings together the best of the popular website learningtoloveyoumore.com, which asks ordinary people to contribute to assignments posted on the site and features responses that are surprising, touching, imaginative, and often hilarious.

30 review for Learning to Love You More

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily B

    3.5 rounded up I’m surprised I didn’t come across the learning to love you more website when I was a big fan of other websites such as a softer world and postsecret. There are more pictures than text or essays. I appreciated this as community art and found each contribution and interpretation of the assignments interesting

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I openly wept on the subway three times while reading this book. It is alternately inspiring, heartbreaking, hilarious, cute, and consistently rivetting. I can't say enough about it. As cheesey as it sounds, I actually do think I learned to love more. Or at least appreciate more. And then at the end, Miranda thanked my good friend Shauna. Which was just icing on the cake. I openly wept on the subway three times while reading this book. It is alternately inspiring, heartbreaking, hilarious, cute, and consistently rivetting. I can't say enough about it. As cheesey as it sounds, I actually do think I learned to love more. Or at least appreciate more. And then at the end, Miranda thanked my good friend Shauna. Which was just icing on the cake.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Denver Public Library

    Once upon a time, when the Internet was young, a pair of artists made a site called http://learningtoloveyoumore.com/. They created "assignments" which people carried out, posting the results. It was sweet. It was wonky and personal and empowering. The site is still up. My favorite assignment is "Make an encouraging banner." This book documents some of the submissions for the project, which ran from 2002-2009. One of the artists was the now-famous Miranda July. Since then, collaborative Internet Once upon a time, when the Internet was young, a pair of artists made a site called http://learningtoloveyoumore.com/. They created "assignments" which people carried out, posting the results. It was sweet. It was wonky and personal and empowering. The site is still up. My favorite assignment is "Make an encouraging banner." This book documents some of the submissions for the project, which ran from 2002-2009. One of the artists was the now-famous Miranda July. Since then, collaborative Internet projects no longer dazzle us. This rough, charming little exercise in hope and free-spirited-sharing still shines. Get Learning to Love You More from Denver Public Library - Sarah E

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I don't know why I bought this when it was free online.. anyways I liked it, and I still have some assignments to complete I don't know why I bought this when it was free online.. anyways I liked it, and I still have some assignments to complete

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Perfect pandemic book. I’m not familiar with Harrell Fletcher but everything Miranda July touches continues to be magic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    jess

    It is winter in Olympia! Even our "January Project" of new vegan recipes on the daily can't entirely distract me from the foggy, gloomy Janu-Februaries that haunt me. I keep coming back to these LTLYM exercises, stories, images and moments that push my brain a little bit, just enough to stretch my heart. I am trying to consciously be more engaged in the process of "loving more." I feel disappointed in my own apathetic, half-assed attempts at relating to people during recent years. It's hard work It is winter in Olympia! Even our "January Project" of new vegan recipes on the daily can't entirely distract me from the foggy, gloomy Janu-Februaries that haunt me. I keep coming back to these LTLYM exercises, stories, images and moments that push my brain a little bit, just enough to stretch my heart. I am trying to consciously be more engaged in the process of "loving more." I feel disappointed in my own apathetic, half-assed attempts at relating to people during recent years. It's hard work / it's heart work, and I'm glad to have people like Miranda July, Harrell Fletcher, and their merry band of LTLYM-er's to help me along this path. I have long mulled over Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher's website, www.learningtoloveyoumore.com, and appreciated the simple assignments done by many people. Selections from the website submissions have been compiled into this book. I like learning new ways for people to come together and feel new feelings. I like series of repeated items. I like Learning To Love You More. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this book - possibly the same reason it has taken me so long to do any of the LTLYM assignments. I delighted in the pages of this book, though, finding photos and stories from people I know, and poring over the words and images from people I will never know. I read parts of it with my wife, parts of it with our son, parts of it in the early morning with a cup of coffee, and part of it alone with a book lamp under the covers after lights-out. You don't have to do the assignments in any particular order, nor do you have to do them all, and the organization of the book reflects that - there is not a sequential order to the pieces, and the trajectory is unclear, but the assignments are listed in the back in order. So you can see everyone else's work, get fired up about your own ideas, and then get to the end and find your own "to do" list.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karima

    From Publishers Weekly 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 absu From Publishers Weekly 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. from Karima: Wonderful book. Wonderful idea. NOT just for artists. Full of exercises to keep you heart and mind OPEN. also a lot of fun to do with a friend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I found this book surprisingly touching and intimate. People taking pictures of their parents kissing, shots of what goes on under the bed while animals and dust bunnies think you aren't looking, strangers hugging. It helped me think about connection and ways we are and are not connected and ways to make those connections happen. I found this book surprisingly touching and intimate. People taking pictures of their parents kissing, shots of what goes on under the bed while animals and dust bunnies think you aren't looking, strangers hugging. It helped me think about connection and ways we are and are not connected and ways to make those connections happen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bistra Ivanova

    i do love the online project and the book is also cool but i really missed the audio and video assignments everything is quite different when you read it on paper :-)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samet

    it is an entertaining book about the outcome of an art project. it was interesting to see/read what ordinary people created.

  11. 4 out of 5

    s o o y o u n g

    All send in conversations for Assignment 52 were my favorites.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tim Rideout

    The world is stranger, more beautiful, more diverse, more frightening, more fleeting than we ever realise.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is one of the best pieces July has made. The projects that she and Fletcher curated we’re moving and interesting. I was especially fond of the personal narratives they chose.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I used to submit an odd thing or two to the LTLYM site, yet somehow this book has completely escaped my attention. I picked it up today, and really enjoyed it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    gracie

    weeping

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    it was alright. i enjoyed the texts a lot more than the photos.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Splendy

    This is my favorite book about a project. It's a collection of authentic, inspired art from everyday people. Some people call this method of collective creation "crowdsourcing," but that term seems too technical to me. I call it "community art." Projects like this create a space and a reason for people to express themselves, practice creativity and garner a shared experience. Experience is primary and the product, though often sublime, is secondary. Learning to Love You More is the result of peo This is my favorite book about a project. It's a collection of authentic, inspired art from everyday people. Some people call this method of collective creation "crowdsourcing," but that term seems too technical to me. I call it "community art." Projects like this create a space and a reason for people to express themselves, practice creativity and garner a shared experience. Experience is primary and the product, though often sublime, is secondary. Learning to Love You More is the result of people participating in something larger than themselves, and because of that, you see the beauty in the whole as well as the sum of its parts. The assignments that inspired the book's content originally lived online, but required the artist to go offline to participate and collaborate and then return back to share that experience. The internet, although fascinating, is unfortunately instilling in us a passive nature. We're trained to inactively consume, sitting stagnantly reading for hours and never doing much besides hitting a "like" button or posting a comment. We need more opportunities to resist that conditioning, and practice using the information that we so readily access to do something. Learning to Love You More provides that opportunity. In 2010 the project's website was acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ensuring that Learning to Love You More will continue to exist online as an archive of the project. Thank you, SF MoMA.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    LtLYM the book is based on the website, which is now an archive of the last seven years of the project. Fletcher and July would post assignments of tasks ranging from "take a picture of the sun" to "make a protest sign and protest something" and then ask people to share it and their experiences. Why I Picked it Up: I must have flagged this book with Miranda July was in the news back when "Me You and Everyone We Know" came out in the movie theatres. The concept intrigued me, but alas, the book fell LtLYM the book is based on the website, which is now an archive of the last seven years of the project. Fletcher and July would post assignments of tasks ranging from "take a picture of the sun" to "make a protest sign and protest something" and then ask people to share it and their experiences. Why I Picked it Up: I must have flagged this book with Miranda July was in the news back when "Me You and Everyone We Know" came out in the movie theatres. The concept intrigued me, but alas, the book fell way down in the TBR until just now. This is a must read: must see. It will open up perspectives on life in ways you never imagined. After seeing just a few of the assignments, you will view your own life and immediate surroundings with new eyes. Who Would Like It: I'd give this to Laura P and Leslie B, who would like the artistic presentation as well as the performance art concept, my yoga crew because of the great yoga tie-ins.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindy Loo

    I actually think I used to check out this website occasionally, like four or five years ago. But now they've compiled some of the best of the best into a book, and I've gotta say, this is damn lovely shit. If you don't know the premise, the authors put up assignments on their website (such as "Write a conversation you wish you could have with someone" or "Take a flash photograph of the underneath of your bed") and readers accept the assignments and send in their results. Learning to Love You Mor I actually think I used to check out this website occasionally, like four or five years ago. But now they've compiled some of the best of the best into a book, and I've gotta say, this is damn lovely shit. If you don't know the premise, the authors put up assignments on their website (such as "Write a conversation you wish you could have with someone" or "Take a flash photograph of the underneath of your bed") and readers accept the assignments and send in their results. Learning to Love You More (the book) has collected some of the favs. And it really is quite lovely and intimate. I actually started to tear up once or twice. It is strange how something as small as a picture of what is underneath a stranger's bed can be kind of wonderfully intimate and heartbreaking. It just makes you feel connected, like we're all in the world together separately but with one heart. That's the long and short of it. And I like that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jp

    this is one of my favorite kinds of art. i have begun to frame certain thoughts in terms of what kind of encouraging banner they could possibly become. "eat more kale" for gypsy. "fuck yeah" for the fuck yeah club. a personal favorite--"it's ok to be a freak." at work i had to turn a banner that said "celebrate" into one that said "create." (the colors were stardream antique gold and pool, for those of you who were curious, and the font was some horrible script affair chosen especially for a spe this is one of my favorite kinds of art. i have begun to frame certain thoughts in terms of what kind of encouraging banner they could possibly become. "eat more kale" for gypsy. "fuck yeah" for the fuck yeah club. a personal favorite--"it's ok to be a freak." at work i had to turn a banner that said "celebrate" into one that said "create." (the colors were stardream antique gold and pool, for those of you who were curious, and the font was some horrible script affair chosen especially for a special little event known as paper wedding). first of all, what an irritating task (the company motto is "do something creative every day," which makes me want to vomit all over american capitalism) and secondly, what an unpleasant color combination. the point is, i need to have a more positive experience with banner-making. anyone? :) actually, the point is, read the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aleigha

    Miranda July can do no wrong.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Willson - St. Clair

    I walked into Borders at Bridgeport and there on the first rounder was Harrel's book! There were only two left and I picked up MY COPY immediately for purchase. Delightful as Harrell and Miranda's site is...the book is better, which highlights the best of their website, learning to love you more....Check it out! Harrell teaches at Portland State and is an internationally acclaimed artist who focusses on art as social practice. We put on event together exploring the similarities between the Vietn I walked into Borders at Bridgeport and there on the first rounder was Harrel's book! There were only two left and I picked up MY COPY immediately for purchase. Delightful as Harrell and Miranda's site is...the book is better, which highlights the best of their website, learning to love you more....Check it out! Harrell teaches at Portland State and is an internationally acclaimed artist who focusses on art as social practice. We put on event together exploring the similarities between the Vietnam and Iraq Wars with his students at the Portland State University Library as part of the Artists & Writers series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linds_e

    Imagine my surprise when I went to the bookstore and found a book with the words Learning to Love You More on the cover and the name Miranda July below them. I found the site when it was on assignment #5, and I’ve made some [very personal] submissions for several assignments. I hadn’t been back to the site in quite a while but I followed it closely for many years. And obviously I had no clue that the site belonged to Miranda July until today. The site/book isn’t any cooler because it’s got MJ’s na Imagine my surprise when I went to the bookstore and found a book with the words Learning to Love You More on the cover and the name Miranda July below them. I found the site when it was on assignment #5, and I’ve made some [very personal] submissions for several assignments. I hadn’t been back to the site in quite a while but I followed it closely for many years. And obviously I had no clue that the site belonged to Miranda July until today. The site/book isn’t any cooler because it’s got MJ’s name on it. It’s cool enough on it’s own. My new goal for 3rd and 4th quarter 2008 is to re-embrace project life. Live art.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Enzo

    learningtoloveyoumore.com The website has different assignments that people can do and post proof that they completed the assignment. Projects range from writing down a recent argument, photographing significant outfits, and talking about a scar you have to taking a flash photo of what's under your bed (those are often disgusting, though). The submissions are interesting because they largely lack any artistic pretense. People tend to do some tacky stuff, but everything seems meaningful to them, wh learningtoloveyoumore.com The website has different assignments that people can do and post proof that they completed the assignment. Projects range from writing down a recent argument, photographing significant outfits, and talking about a scar you have to taking a flash photo of what's under your bed (those are often disgusting, though). The submissions are interesting because they largely lack any artistic pretense. People tend to do some tacky stuff, but everything seems meaningful to them, which is an intersting thing to keep in mind when you find yourself looking down on people for reasons of taste.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The two authors are artists - and they originally created a website (learningtoloveyoumore.com) where they posted various assignments for visitors to accept and complete - when the people were done with the assignments, their work would be posted for others to see. The book is an oversized paperback copy full of completed assignments by people all over the world. The assignments (63 explained in the book) vary and just a few include "Take a picture of the sun," "Make a protest sign and protest," The two authors are artists - and they originally created a website (learningtoloveyoumore.com) where they posted various assignments for visitors to accept and complete - when the people were done with the assignments, their work would be posted for others to see. The book is an oversized paperback copy full of completed assignments by people all over the world. The assignments (63 explained in the book) vary and just a few include "Take a picture of the sun," "Make a protest sign and protest," "Spend time with a dying person," "Braid someone's hair" and "Draw the news." Some completed assignments are funny, some are sad - all are creative and thoughtful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I guess I shouldn't say I "read" this book but browsed it and placed it on my shelf for a rainy day. Its loaded with activities and responses. Miranda July is oh so cool. I saw her at Bumbershoot 07 and she did a lecture/activity regarding this book and it was very (can't think of the words). She's got such a unique view on life and love and people. Quite different from my typical everyday thoughts but not far fetched. Warm and hopeful and comforting and fuzzy. Not cold and cynical and uninvitin I guess I shouldn't say I "read" this book but browsed it and placed it on my shelf for a rainy day. Its loaded with activities and responses. Miranda July is oh so cool. I saw her at Bumbershoot 07 and she did a lecture/activity regarding this book and it was very (can't think of the words). She's got such a unique view on life and love and people. Quite different from my typical everyday thoughts but not far fetched. Warm and hopeful and comforting and fuzzy. Not cold and cynical and uninviting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    "I really liked those Keane-kid posters that were popular back then, the ones where the kids look really waifish and have huge, sad eyes. My mother sent me to the grocery store once, and I was standing on the corner, looking very sad and, in my mind, just like one of those beautiful Keane kids, and I had my eyes opened very wide, and a car pulled up and a teenaged boy said, 'What the hell is your problem, kid?' And so I realized that I wasn't pulling the look off correctly." -Laura Lark Assignment "I really liked those Keane-kid posters that were popular back then, the ones where the kids look really waifish and have huge, sad eyes. My mother sent me to the grocery store once, and I was standing on the corner, looking very sad and, in my mind, just like one of those beautiful Keane kids, and I had my eyes opened very wide, and a car pulled up and a teenaged boy said, 'What the hell is your problem, kid?' And so I realized that I wasn't pulling the look off correctly." -Laura Lark Assignment #14: Write your life story in less than a day

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    This quote says it all: "Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do. We are two artists who are trying to come up with new ideas every day. But our most joyful and even profound experiences often come when we are following other people's instructions. When we are making crepes from a recipe, attempting to do a handstand in yoga class, or singing someone else's song. Sometimes it seems like the moment we let go of trying to be original, we actually feel something new -- which was the whole po This quote says it all: "Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do. We are two artists who are trying to come up with new ideas every day. But our most joyful and even profound experiences often come when we are following other people's instructions. When we are making crepes from a recipe, attempting to do a handstand in yoga class, or singing someone else's song. Sometimes it seems like the moment we let go of trying to be original, we actually feel something new -- which was the whole point of being artists in the first place."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    A sweet coffee table/waiting room type book. I really like the concept - Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher provide the assignments and then people send their submissions to the website. The book is a collection of some of the best submissions. Some of my favorite assignments were: 53. Give advice to yourself in the past 55. Photograph a significant outfit 62. Make an educational public plaque 45. Reread your favorite book from 5th grade 63. Make an encouraging banner 52. Write the phone call you wish A sweet coffee table/waiting room type book. I really like the concept - Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher provide the assignments and then people send their submissions to the website. The book is a collection of some of the best submissions. Some of my favorite assignments were: 53. Give advice to yourself in the past 55. Photograph a significant outfit 62. Make an educational public plaque 45. Reread your favorite book from 5th grade 63. Make an encouraging banner 52. Write the phone call you wish you could have

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angela Gonzales

    I did not expect this book to be what it is. I've read the other Miranda July book and thought it would consist of short-stories, but it turned out to be assignments people had done and submitted. I was disappointed at first, but as soon as I flipped the pages observing and reading each submission, it was extraordinary. It's inspired me to do the assignments and I plan to. It did make me laugh, cry, and sigh at some of the stories. It made me think over my own life and relate to some of these th I did not expect this book to be what it is. I've read the other Miranda July book and thought it would consist of short-stories, but it turned out to be assignments people had done and submitted. I was disappointed at first, but as soon as I flipped the pages observing and reading each submission, it was extraordinary. It's inspired me to do the assignments and I plan to. It did make me laugh, cry, and sigh at some of the stories. It made me think over my own life and relate to some of these things. This book is an experience in it self.

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