FO­CUS

WHAT WE'RE TALK­ING ABOUT THIS MONTH IN ARTS & CUL­TURE

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SIX THINGS WE LEARNED CHAT­TING WITH ( BY TURNS DEEPLY SAR­CAS­TIC AND DIS­ARM­INGLY SIN­CERE) POP PROVO­CA­TEUR ST. VIN­CENT, WHOSE NEW AL­BUM, MASSE­DUC­TION, IS OUT NOW.

1. She’s an oblig­ing in­ter­view. “I’m con­scious of what your pull quotes are go­ing to be. I’m ex­cited to say some­thing click-baity, like ‘vagina’!” 2. She’s com­fort­able with mak­ing

you un­com­fort­able. “I’ve been un­com­fort­able my whole life, so I think it’s funny. It’s some­thing I’ve slowly but surely made peace with, so now I just think it’s ab­surd. It’s my way of su­per­im­pos­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence on other peo­ple—just like art.” 3. She can’t tell us about her ru­moured up­com­ing art ex­hibit. “That one’s su­per-se­cret. But I can tell you about [the fe­male-cen­tric] The Pic­ture of Do­rian Gray adap­ta­tion I’m di­rect­ing. I can tell you about the gui­tar I de­signed [with Ernie Ball]....” 4. She doesn’t care if she’s mis­in­ter­preted. “I’m from Texas, so I was raised to be gra­cious and oblig­ing. That’s lovely for so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, but it isn’t the best tac­tic when you’re run­ning your own pro­pa­ganda ma­chine. So I’m con­scious of what I put out, but as far as how it’s re­ceived, I don’t care! I did my part—I said the things I in­tended to say, and then there’s no way to con­trol how that goes out into the world. And as far as art is con­cerned, I don’t like ex­plain­ing songs be­cause that takes away from some­one’s own ex­pe­ri­ence of it, and I would never want to rob some­one of that.” 5. Her dream tea-party guest is Anne Teresa De Keers­maeker. “She’s a post­mod­ern chore­og­ra­pher most fa­mous in pop cul­ture for hav­ing her dance moves lifted by Bey­oncé. Her process is just re­ally in­ter­est­ing to me. I love learn­ing about other artists’ pro­cesses. Un­less it’s mu­si­cians—those ‘the mak­ing of’ mu­sic doc­u­men­taries stress me out, like I should be work­ing.” 6. That said, she does have a mu­sic doc she re­ally likes. “Dude, you gotta see Dig! It’s about the ri­valry and to­tal im­plo­sion of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre. It en­cap­su­lates an out­dated ethos of in­die mu­sic in the ’90s—that bub­ble of time when peo­ple were con­cerned about ‘sell­ing out’ be­cause they had the lux­ury of a mu­sic busi­ness that had money.”

AY­ISHA MA­LIK’S SOFIA KHAN IS NOT OBLIGED AND ITS RE­CENTLY PUB­LISHED SE­QUEL, THE OTHER HALF OF HAP­PI­NESS, ARE IM­POR­TANT AD­DI­TIONS TO THE CHICK-LIT CANON. NAR­RATED BY A SMART, EM­POW­ERED LON­DONER IN HER 30S (WHO HAP­PENS TO BE A HI­JABI), THEY’RE AL­MOST MORE ABOUT FAM­ILY AND FIND­ING ONE’S PLACE IN THE WORLD THAN THEY ARE ABOUT “DAT­ING AS A MUS­LIM.”

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