“I’m so tired of America”

“I’m definitely a fan of juxtaposition,” he explains. “Using the most beautiful line to say the most horrific thing — I think one of the main things in songwriting is definitely friction between the words and the melody. It’s got to be done very delicately because both elements are somewhat explosive, and all of a sudden the song becomes like a crystal meth lab. You know, you don’t want to blow up your family.”

Rufus Wainwright, explaining his new album (and its apocalyptic vision of America) to Dana Vachon on Salon.


  1. Smart people can make me feel so stupid…like when they say stuff like this and I think “of course!!!” and have to wonder how I’ve lived so many years and worked long and hard at fiction and not crystallized that bit of wisdom on my own in my own slow head.

    How come?

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