“I can see why the world is so obsessed with her. She is all about reinterpretation. She really represents the decadence of our time, she doesn’t fight or criticize anything, she just wants to embody it. She takes from pop culture, from respected high art, from underground and subcultural references. She shows how everything is on the same level, how everything is just a part of this corrupted game. She embodies this way of thinking in a very nihilistic way, she doesn’t criticize it. She is like the last martyr of fashion as religion.”—Luigi Vitali on Lady Gaga as ‘useless provocation’
People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way others do?
They ask it accusingly, as if I were somehow gross, unfaithful to the honor of my craft.
The easiest way to answer is to say that, like most humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot think straightly of one without the others. So when it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.