Itt: the most insufferable professional writers you've ever had the misfortune of reading
Picture. Fucking. Related.
Insufferable cutesy nonsense.
Sarah Vowell. She was a media darling for a while, she was on the daily show, bored to death and other shit.
She also did the worst shit possible during the golden era of This American Life then she started writing god-awful historical essays that started selling well to feminists and the tumblr crowd.
I haven't read any of her books, but she's an entertaining interviewee. Pic related.
As a counterpoint to OP, I absolutely expected to Miranda July's debut novel -- cutesy persona, 'multimedia art,' unapologetic 5th wave feminism, the whole gamut.
'The First Bad Man' was really good, though. So I might have misjudged her ability, at least.
But still, that goddamn face -- she is a dead-eyed animal, a plastic Annie Clarke.
I want to have silent hour-long staring contests with Miranda July
Sometimes the sentimentality is a wonderful component of her stories, yes [Something That Needs Nothing stands out, and The Moves]. In the flimsier works [The Shared Patio, Majesty], you get the sense it's a crutch supporting otherwise uninspired characters and crummy thematic elements.