Does being so open and vulnerable come naturally to you?
“There isn’t another way to be. I feel like if I try to sort and portion out who I am, I feel like I’m lying. It’s not lying, I guess, to omit [parts of my life]—of course, there are some personal things that aren’t relevant. There’s nothing about me that I think is treif or not kosher. I spend enough time in my personal life and my social life [thinking about] what about me will please other people or make them upset. I am a pleaser, and I like other people to be comfortable. I like to be a part of why they are comfortable. But when it comes to me in culture or as an artist, it’s none of my business how my identity is perceived. There’s only one.
“There are no compartments in me. There are many fragments, and that is what my book is handling and also what my special is about; I am a person that falls apart from time to time. I’m very sensitive, and I’m easily rocked. I’m like a planet; I have shifting plates, and sometimes shit just totally falls apart, but the special and my book are both reflections of a belief system that says the pieces aren’t useless.”