There’s a moment in Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July’s hilarious and discomfiting first film, in which the director of a contemporary art museum and her assistant are fawning over a new show. “It really is amazing. It just looks so real,” the director kvells over what she believes is a sculpture of a discarded hamburger wrapper. “Oh, that wrapper is real,” says the artist, a young man with blond Fabio-style hair.
The Iowa caucuses were full of last-minute drama: Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney were vying for the lead all night. At 1:50 a.m., Santorum was ahead by just four votes, with only a single precinct's tally still outstanding. Forty-five minutes later, Romney was back in front by eight votes, thanks to some guidance from a pair of precinct captains named Edith and Carolyn got the vote right.
Storm Detail Jonathan Cohn’s artfully vague and studiously nonjudgmental account of the failed attempt by a Michigan church group to rescue the Anderson “family” after Hurricane Katrina had destroyed their New Orleans home provides enough information to raise questions but not nearly enough to answer them (“The Golden Ticket,” August 14). We are told that, before Katrina, 40-year-old Carolyn and her “fiance,” Terrell, worked at menial jobs in a French Quarter hotel and were “living comfortably” in a house they had bought in the Ninth Ward.