This year’s collection of our favorite Pitchfork interview quotables features wisdom on navigating the #branding era while keeping your soul intact, fighting against the Internet’s isolating tendencies, how streaming is changing the way we listen to music, the joys of fandom, the ambiguousness of faith, and the eternal embarrassment of talking about constipation.
“I have spent so long lying around in bed being miserable and hoping for something interesting to happen, and then when interesting things do happen, I get freaked out and wish for that quiet place again.” — Courtney Barnett
“I disagree very strongly with people saying ‘that battle is over.’ If you’ve started a battle, I don’t think it ever ends.” — Jenny Hval
“Life’s too short to be shoehorned into a box that isn’t for you.” — Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry
“We are becoming really disconnected from our planet and our bodies. The technologies around us conspire to distract us from what really matters—community, the environment, love, joy. The thing-ness of reality is very important, and if I have a lifelong goal, it’s to try to help people stay aware of being in this world, in a body, for the very short time that we’re here.” — Robert Rich
“I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough.”