Downtown Boys on the TPP, the BLM movement, and the privilege of going to college

A lot of the reason why people end up in a private university in the richest country in the world is because you have been sheltered and you do have some kind of privilege… Because right now someone else is not in that situation. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be going to college. We should be doing that! It’s just realizing what that means… And then trying to figure out who you yourself are. Whether you’re that young chicana woman trying to make it or that white person with a ton of entitlement and privilege, whoever you are! Just realize it.

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Eskimeaux: I want to meet Gabrielle Smith’s dog Frankie

I think the most formative moment was hearing David Berman say, “All my favorite singers couldn’t sing” in the Silver Jews song “We Are Real.” I was like, “You know what? It doesn’t matter how well a line in a song I’m writing is delivered, it matters what I’m saying.” I like to think of my songs as poems above anything else, so it was important for me to hear that so I could move forward with confidence.

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