“Roy Spivey” by Miranda July

This week’s quirky starstruck story is “Roy Spivey” by Miranda July, which was originally published in The New Yorker. I stumbled across it while I was searching through lists of the best New Yorker stories, and the tagline “Travelling with a movie star” caught my eye. My current work-in-progress features some Hollywood glamour, and I’m curious about how ordinary people interact with the oh-so-famous few. Here’s the story and Miranda July’s bio:
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know — winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.
A few questions to think about while you read:
  • Do you sympathize with the narrator? Have you ever had a similar reaction to famous people?
  • Why do you think the narrator waits so long?
  • How do you feel about the ending?
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