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A few Liz Phair quotes: "I felt like there was not going to be a payoff for being a good girl, or being smart, or going to an Ivy League school. I remember thinking, Fuck it, I’m done with this."
"I still find myself saying to men, 'You’re not listening.' There’s something about the society of men that thinks they have it all dialed in. 'We made this. You’re living in a world we made for you.'

Great, but we made you. Right?"
"I looked more naïve than I was. And I wrote those [Exile in Guyville] songs in a confessional way, as if I wasn’t making art, when I was. It appeared like I was some ingenue."
"I had one goal: to show these indie-rock boys that I had listened to all the music they gave me, and just because I liked the Police and R.E.M. and Madonna didn’t mean I couldn’t make indie rock. That was my goal, to be like, 'Shut the fuck up about Green River versus Fugazi.'"
"There was a period when everyone was saying I’d slept with them, and I hadn’t. That seems to be what I remember from my early 30s. And it pissed me off. Who are people going to believe on the witness stand, the girl who’s a blow-job queen, or some guy?"
"I didn’t think [my parents] would even hear the record. I believed that only Wicker Park and maybe Brooklyn and the Pacific Northwest would listen to it. I mean, I was also stoned a lot back then. So that explains some of it."
"While everyone else was saying, 'You’re amazing,' my family was like, 'You said what in public?' Fame is a dirty word in my household. Fame is awful."
"You pay us because we create realities for you. We create visions. And no one ever claps for that. They want it to be confessional, like it just dropped out of my ass. I should be paid for my ability to create what doesn’t exist — that’s what I’m really good at."
On her new songs: "I just tried to do some Modern Lovers–y songs. I enjoyed going into Jonathan Richman territory. His style of lyricism requires you to say the most embarrassing thing you can about yourself. I’m gonna use him as a muse."
"Exile in Guyville. Exile! Guyville was not my home. I wrote the whole fucking record about having trouble living in Guyville, and then Guyville became my home forever? No."
"To be 52 and see a huge music community of women that didn’t exist when I was coming up is the best fucking thing. It’s why I want to get back out there. Every day I follow a new female artist on Twitter, so I have more of that feeling I was so hungry for. Girlville is HERE."
"Honesty saves lives. I’ve been saved so many times by other people’s honesty. And I wanted to be that. I wanted to contribute."
"A lot of my problems... stem from being adopted. There’s a testing of boundaries, like, 'Will you love me even if I’m bad?' There’s insecure attachment — you’re always expecting someone will give you away."
I admire the candor and insight Liz Phair brought to the interview. If you want to read the whole thing, it's right here:

vulture.com/2019/09/liz-ph…
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