Miranda July's Bookshelf
By Michael Bernard Loggins
Loggins is another one of my favorite artists, but a lot of his art is writing. His first book, Fears of Your Life, is a list of 183 of his fears. He is a black, developmentally disabled man, so as you begin reading, you think: Well, he has a lot to be afraid of. ("10. Fear of Deep waters." "15. Fear of Doors when they slams." "19. Fear of Toys that comes on by itself without anyone touching it.")
But as you keep reading, you stop thinking of him as fearful and start thinking that he is incredibly brave. When was the last time you identified every single one of your fears and showed them to the world?