Posts Tagged: interviews

Amaryllis, Flower Cult

About a year ago, I got an email from a flower company offering to send me a box of three amaryllis bulbs. I said yes, in part because my mom also grows and gives away amaryllis plants each winter, but mostly because I love flowers, even if I am probably not supposed to accept them or anything else for free. Then last fall I emailed my mom about it. 

EZ: What do you like about giving amaryllis bulbs as gifts? I like that they're almost ridiculously easy, and then somehow also never die. And randomly (or not so randomly) rebloom.

Elizabeth Fox: Amaryllis are like dessert, at least for [...]


The riot grrrl, The Activist, The Punk Singer: Interview with Kathleen Hanna

The new documentary The Punk Singer opens with some archival footage of a pre-riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna swaying back in forth and screaming into a mic, “I’m your worst nightmare” as a small crowd looks on. It’s a ballsy performance that reminds you what a force Hanna has been, both on stage and off, since she her days with Bikini Kill in the early '90s.

As the lead singer of Bikini Kill, the feminist punk band that told the dudes to retreat so the women could take over the mosh pit, Hanna was one of the most outspoken and recognizable founders of the riot grrrl movement. She’s still a force, [...]


A Conversation With Adrienne Truscott, a Performance Artist Doing a One-Woman Show About Rape

In my most feverish anxiety dreams, I'm at work facing a tribunal of scary bosses, not naked but totally bottomless, and somehow more-naked-than-naked as a result. For performance artist Adrienne Truscott, dreams like this are the stuff of inspiration. In her new solo show, "Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It! A one-lady rape about comedy starring her pussy…and little else!"  Truscott wears a cropped denim jacket, boots, a wig, and, well, not much else.

The setting’s not within everyone’s comfort zone, but Truscott’s audience is in good hands. She’s a seasoned performer with a history of naked feminist shenanigans (notably as half of the Wau Wau Sisters) and her [...]


Interview with a Pagan Clergyman

Brian is a 29-year-old clergyman at the Summerland Grove Pagan Church, in Memphis, TN. This is the first in a series of interviews with people who are professionally religious. 

What's your faith background and how did your belief system develop?

I discovered paganism when I was 13 years old, watching a Discovery Channel show called Weird Religions. Being a teenager, I was drawn to Wicca and magic and polytheism, and I’d been reading mythology for 5 or 6 years at that point; it was fascinating to see that people were practicing these ancient religions today.

Before that, I hadn’t been raised particularly religious. But my parents [...]


The Single Woman Need Not Be Eternally Panic-Stricken: An Interview With Sara Eckel

Freelance writer Sara Eckel, the author of the recent, fantastic Modern Love column, "The Hard-Won Lessons of the Solitary Years," has a new book out: It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single. It comes with a self-help designation, but its message is really more like “self-compassion.” That’s an expression Sara uses to talk about the way unmarried women in their 30s and beyond (and, really, all women, regardless of age or marital status) should treat themselves. It’s a message we could all use a reminder of now and again. Especially in January.

The book stemmed from her first Modern Love column, published in 2011, in which she wrote of meeting [...]


The "We Fought About" Couple Talks Trolling, Going Viral, and What It's Like When Internet Strangers Tell You to Break Up

Claire Meyer and Alan Linic are a couple in Chicago. In August, they started keeping an online record of their fights; about a week ago, they "went viral." They are here to talk about it. 

Claire: Hi Alan.

Alan: Hi!

C: First question. Am I a good singer?

A: No.

C: Is that it?

A: Yeah. There’s really nothing else to say on that subject.

C: Okay. What has been your least and most favorite part about going viral?

A: Oh god. My favorite part is that it’s been nice to connect with and identify with so many people. It’s definitely been interesting to see what it’s like [...]


A Conversation About How to Write Memoir

Beth Kephart has written 16 books, five of which are memoirs. Her most recent, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, came out in August, and it’s a lovely, insightful exploration of what it means to share the stories you’ve experienced firsthand (which, as it happens with life, usually happen to be the stories of others, too). She details what can go right, what might go wrong, and how to do it in a way that is respectful to everyone involved. Full disclosure: I’ve always loved reading other people’s true-life tales—I was BIG on biographies as a kid—but with my own memoir coming out in May, I’ve [...]


Internet Work and Invisible Labor: An Interview With the Fug Girls

When I started writing on the internet, I found it so liberating: I could master WordPress; I could figure out how to post and promote, I was in control. Whenever even one more person happened onto my blog, I felt like the work I was doing was somehow worthwhile. When I moved from writing on my own blog to writing Scandals of Classic Hollywood (and, later, for other sites), the production changed, but so did the size of the audience. The gratification levels exploded accordingly.

But I was struck by how many readers assumed that I was just riffing on vast stores of pre-existing knowledge—like I sat down, [...]


"Your Favorite Rapper Probably Sucks": Interview with Angel Haze

The rapper Angel Haze grew up in a religious community in Michigan that she’s since described as a "cult," and the first secular music she ever heard was on the radio at age 16 in Virginia. The song was Young Joc's "It's Goin' Down." And yet last week, the 22-year-old was sitting in an expansive conference room at her label's offices in midtown Manhattan, waiting for an intern to deliver two cheese Danishes and a venti hot chocolate with whipped cream and mocha drizzle from a Starbucks down the block. She signed her deal with Universal Music Group last year, and her first album (following six [...]


Interview with Elliott Sailors, a Woman Working as a Male Model

Elliott Sailors is a 31-year-old woman who recently cut off all her hair and started working as a male model.

How did you get started in modeling? How long have you been a model?

When I turned 10, my dad took me to a model search. I don’t remember which one it was. It was in the fall of 2001 that I really started full time and moved to New York City. In terms of the idea of working as a male model, I don’t have a distinct memory of the moment, but it was inspired by Andrej Pejic. It was 2010 when I first saw [...]