Modern genius? write everything down by hand

When I listen to Prince, I feel like I’m breaking the law…. My first time driving alone in Baltimore, I switched on the radio and heard a man singing about wanting to be a woman, baring this raw, psychosexual wish to understand his girlfriend better — and it blew the hinges off the door in my head…. It was the most sensitive, singular, honest, dangerous piece of music I’d ever heard. I half expected to get pulled over if anyone caught me listening to it closely….

from The Beautiful Ones, by Prince, edited by Dan Piepenbring (Spiegel & Grau, 2019)

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“Purple” / photograph by Roman Striga on Shutterstock