What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
Anais Nin, diaries. Her writing is so fluid and romantic but concise. She can compartmentalize different kinds of love and validate her actions even though they are uncommon, unpopular practices. She also truly believed in other peoples work so much, she often put her time into others’ work before her own, which I think informed and influenced her own. She also has a way of fictionalizing her life story, so it's easy to separate emotions from author. I still have a lot to learn from her and her work.
Sharon Van Etten has a new disc, Tramp, the title of which refers to her nomadic lifestyle over the past year or so. Produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, it features Van Etten's singular vocals and pithy writing and cameos by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Beirut's Zach Condon. Van Etten sounds more confident and stronger than ever, and that bodes well for Thursday night's, all-ages show at The Ottobar. Wasner's side project, Flock of Dimes, opens.