In these newfangled modern times, your inbox is probably your most intimate space. And seeing someone else’s can feel like the virtual equivalent of playing Peeping Tom.
That’s why we’re fascinated by filmmaker/performance artist Miranda July’s new project, We Think Alone, a collection of totally mundane emails from famous people and creative types.
Sign up for free on the WTA homepage and every Monday through November 11, you’ll get one email from Ms. July. In it, you’ll find a compendium of ten messages from well-known folks (like Kirsten Dunst and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), all to do with a central theme like “advice” or “Obama.” July is careful to insist that every email is something the person actually sent and that nothing has been edited or selected for its snazziness.
The first week, for instance, focused on “money” and included emails from Lena Dunham (she decided a $24,000 Swedish sofa was too expensive), Canadian writer Sheila Heti (she has only $1,000 to her name) and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte (they were sent the wrong order and would like their money back, please).
Upcoming themes include “apology” and “mothers,” and we’ll just put it out there that we would really like to read an apology email from Lena Dunham.