I interviewed Marnie Stern for Pitchfork. I love her. Here’s my favourite of her answers:
In “Proof of Life”, there’s the line, “All my life is based on fantasy”— I sit here all day, living in this fantasy world and wondering if I have let my life go by without having real connections, no family or anything like that. Like, I am embarrassed that I can’t afford health insurance, and then there’s the separate issue of not caring about any of that and wanting to write a really good song that’s important to me, which ends up overriding everything else. But then I lay in bed awake at night and think, “Oh god, what will I do? I’ve got to find a guitar lesson to teach, or sell something.” But it’s a choice. I feel very fortunate to have people hear my music. I don’t feel like I have much of a right to complain about not making money out of it.
And the rivulets had you riveted to the places that I wanted you to kiss me when we find some time alone.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I present to you, my new favorite spring cocktail: The Amanda Fucking Palmer.
2oz Freshly brewed iced tea
1oz Rhubarb Syrup
Shake well. Pour over tall glass filled with ice. Dresden doll optional.
The doll garnish is a nice touch.
When I think of what it used to feel like once
To be a freak who liked you
To feel like a freak like you
- a freak who even looked a little like you
And then I think of the countless people of every size and feather who are going to walk through this trace of your journey here and pick up the breadcrumbs in the great hub of this mothership over these Spring and Summer months..
And how familiar and stamped you are into ALL of our our collective DNA
I’m just plain proud
Where are we now?
I know you aren’t here tonight, but
Somehow, no matter
We are -
And you brought us out of the wainscotting like so many
Freaky old bastards
Like so many fan boys and girls
Like so many loners and pretty things and dandies and dudes and dukes and duckies and testicular types
And pulled us together
Our not so absent, not so invisible, friend
Every alien’s favourite cousin
- Tilda Swinton’s speech at the opening of David Bowie Is
(read the entire speech at the source)