The Style Issue: St. Vincent By Julie Klausner on August 14, 2011

Soon after that, we get our food, and I realize that we are sort of  fighting. I tell her my theory that women naturally assume guilt for  things that aren’t their fault — their husband cheated on them, they  didn’t get a job they were up for — in order to prepare themselves for  one day having children, and the task of putting another human being  before themselves. 
"Nobody’s told me that theory," she answers. "I think human beings  have a really broad spectrum of traits, and I almost feel implicated  when we say, ‘Men are like this, women are like this.’ Nobody was  telling me, ‘Don’t get dirty, don’t play in the mud, girls don’t do  that.’ "
I ask about a song from the new album, “Surgeon,” which takes its  refrain, “Best finest surgeon / Come cut me open,” from one of Marilyn  Monroe’s journals. I ask if she relates to Monroe. 
"In some ways,  from what I know about her life, or her depression. That’s a sentiment  we have: Maybe there’s someone who can save us." 
"I feel like there’s two kinds of girls," I say. "Those who love  Audrey Hepburn and those who love Marilyn. Who do you love more?" Even  as I ask, I know I am provoking her.
"I think that kind of gets to the core of a lot of things that I see  in popular culture," Clark says, frustrated. "It’s really destructive  and doesn’t make any sense to me — the idea that if there’s an exalted  female, there can be only one, and if there are more than one, then they  must be in direct competition with each other."

I wrote the cover story for September’s SPIN magazine about the fetching and nervous songwriter St. Vincent. Please read the article in full online, or buy the magazine with the pretty lady on the cover (and my byline!).

The Style Issue: St. Vincent
By Julie Klausner on August 14, 2011

Soon after that, we get our food, and I realize that we are sort of fighting. I tell her my theory that women naturally assume guilt for things that aren’t their fault — their husband cheated on them, they didn’t get a job they were up for — in order to prepare themselves for one day having children, and the task of putting another human being before themselves.

"Nobody’s told me that theory," she answers. "I think human beings have a really broad spectrum of traits, and I almost feel implicated when we say, ‘Men are like this, women are like this.’ Nobody was telling me, ‘Don’t get dirty, don’t play in the mud, girls don’t do that.’‚ÄČ"

I ask about a song from the new album, “Surgeon,” which takes its refrain, “Best finest surgeon / Come cut me open,” from one of Marilyn Monroe’s journals. I ask if she relates to Monroe.

"In some ways, from what I know about her life, or her depression. That’s a sentiment we have: Maybe there’s someone who can save us."

"I feel like there’s two kinds of girls," I say. "Those who love Audrey Hepburn and those who love Marilyn. Who do you love more?" Even as I ask, I know I am provoking her.

"I think that kind of gets to the core of a lot of things that I see in popular culture," Clark says, frustrated. "It’s really destructive and doesn’t make any sense to me — the idea that if there’s an exalted female, there can be only one, and if there are more than one, then they must be in direct competition with each other."

I wrote the cover story for September’s SPIN magazine about the fetching and nervous songwriter St. Vincent. Please read the article in full online, or buy the magazine with the pretty lady on the cover (and my byline!).

Aug 16, 11

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