"I don’t even know what I’m being accused of. Do they think I’m on drugs? That I have a life-threatening illness? That I’m anorexic? At this point, emotionally, it doesn’t get easier to hear those criticisms—but it gets easier to be resolute about my reaction to it. Which is just: ‘Go ahead and call me ugly, call me skinny, call me crazy and speculate as much as you want, but not at a show.’ I don’t think that there’s anything melt-downy about that. I don’t have any problem getting angry at someone who insults me in the middle of a show."
— Following a heckling incident at a show last week, Fiona Apple talks to Carrie Battan about her ongoing struggle with public scrutiny.
"I laid in a bed of soil and they put snails all over me. I used to love to put snails on my arm— I have a bunch of pictures. I used to put half a watermelon out in my yard overnight and then go out there and take macro pictures of the snails sipping the watermelon. I would love to sit there and put them on my arm. It just helped me think. I really like snails a lot."
— Fiona Apple talks about her forthcoming video for “Every Single Night”, in which she will be covered in snails.
"Sometimes it’s good to grow a tough hide, but when I hear people say that they won’t get a dog because they had one when they were a kid and it died, or that they don’t want to fall in love because it hurts too much, I’m like, ‘fuck you.’ It pisses me off to think that we’re conditioned to push away bad feelings and to think that anything that’s uncomfortable is something to be avoided. When things are really bad nowadays, I recognize the value in it because it’s me filling my quota— it’s going to make my joy more intense later."
— Fiona Apple
"The sudden triumph of Fiona Apple’s return exists in the same cultural moment as people sharing photos of gay couples who’ve just been married, or female protesters (hilariously) trolling Rick Perry’s Facebook wall with questions about menstruation to protest his stance on reproductive health. It’s the thrill of voices dismissed as silly or excessive in the past now deriving power from the ordinary details of their everyday lives."
— Lindsay Zoladz writes about Fiona Apple’s welcomed comeback in our latest feature story, "Mind Is Your Might".