Posts Tagged ‘Punk’

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Interesting Person of the Day – Shirley Manson

March 29, 2010

Shirley Manson is best known for her work in the (incredible) band Garbage, who she took a hiatus from for awhile to do her own solo thing. I can’t say that I know much about her, but from this recent interview, she seems like a very good role model. She’s experienced her own set of trauma of bullying through-out school which led her to associate with the rebel crowd, and led her to do fairly terrible things. Besides that, she’s worked to where she is now, and she’s a beautiful, balanced female. Woot.

Here’s part of her interview with Elle magazine:

On the music bug: “I went to Coachella and for the first time I thought ‘OK I’m ready to do this again’, I got that burn-y feeling.”

On her recent tragedies: “When Mum became ill with dementia, it knocked the stuffing out of me. I didn’t want to make music anymore, didn’t feel creative, I could barely function.” […] “Friends of mine lost their six-year old son to cancer last year and asked me to sing Life on Mars, at the memorial. We were all in so much pain but it meant so much to them that I could sing that song and so much to me that I was able to do something. It made me realize how music sustains people. I don’t know why I turned my back on it.”

On her future plans: “There is talk about doing my own record, reforming with Garbage and a short film too. Whether it’ll all come off, I don;t know. I’ve learnt in life that I need to take it one day at a time.”

On her body issues: “I used to get upset that I wasn’t pretty enough and I didn’t enjoy photo shoots. But when I watched myself on TV, I saw myself in a normal light and I’d aged. It came as a relief that I could accept who I was and where I was.”

On fear of aging: “I think that comes from fear of not having chances, not being able to live the life you want. But I believe if you’re an interesting person your life is not going to shrink. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m comfortable with getting older, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to be told that my life is over because I’m supposedly over the hill.

On her latest music discoveries: “I’m crazy about Them Crooked Vultures, absolutely nuts about that record. I love the new Spinnerette record and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I’m crazy about Karen O. She’s one of the few women who’s come up in my generation who has genuinely thrilled me.””

(via x x)

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Interesting Person of the Day – Grigori Perelman

March 26, 2010

Grigori Perelman

Ahh, this guy is amazing. He’s been in the news recently for solving a 100 year-old Poincaré conjecture. Apparently, it’s the hardest freakin’ math out there, and because of that it took them years to confirm he was right. He was awarded $1 million dollars from Clay Mathematics Institute for being such a genius, but he turned them down. Despite being such a genius, and having many prestige opportunities (and one million fuckin’ dollars that he could accept) he refuses to work in mathematics anymore because of his intense dislike of the “intellectual and moral failings” of his peers. Hrm.

He’s a scruffy fellow, isn’t he? I’d say he’s quite the punk, not conforming to any social standard out there. I can dig that. According to articles, he doesn’t trim his beard, doesn’t clip his nails, and wears the same scruffy clothes as before. The description of his apartment, ” He only has a table, a stool and a bed with a dirty mattress which was left by previous owners — alcoholics who sold the flat to him.” as according to his neighbor is.. intriguing. I wonder what he’s attached to that keeps him living.

What really made me like this guy was when a reporter finally manages to get in contact with him, he told them “You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms.

I’m wholly convinced he’s probably lost a few marbles coming out of the womb, but I give him my kudos for being one hell of an interesting person. I hope he chooses to return to mathematics!

(sources 1, 2)