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|1996-11-00||||Mim Udovitch - Whitchita Eagle|
|You POE Girl
As a child, she was a Trent Reznor wannabe. As a teenager, she was an East Village outlaw, Now she wants to blow you. Away...
So. I've read that you got the name Poe when you were nine from dressing up or the plague for a costume Party after reading Edgar Allen Poe's "Masque of the Red Death." What did the plague costume look like?
It looked like one of those hooded creatures of death where you can barely see the face, ike the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. And I had on all this pasty white makeup with dark circles under my eyes, and I lust tried to look extremely scary.
I see. Your bosic habiliments of the grave.
Exactly. It was kind of like what a goth rocker would wear. I was a Trent Reznor wannabe and I didn't even know.
Do you have any other nicknames?
Trixie Tumbleweed, because I always bump into things and spill things.
When was the last time you fell over?
My last show in L.A. but that was a little while ago. I tripped over my guitar player's monitor, but I usually don't trip in my shows. I don't want to give the wrong impression. Anyway, that's my other nickname. No one has called me my real name for a very long time: Annie almost feels like a middle name. My brother will call me that if he's pissed off at me.
Okay. If, or you say in "Trigger Happy Jack," you can't talk to a psycho like normal human being, how should you talk to one?
Good question. Because people think I'm being mean. 'I' not saying you can't talk to a psycho; I mean you just can't approach them as if they weren't psycho. Sometimes I myself feel that way, and I think that every psycho needs their own method of interaction. You may have to communicate by action, you may have to tie the guy up for a while, whatever it takes.
When you were a teen squatter in New York, you made counterfeit subway token.. How exactly?
Well, I didn't actually build the little mchine that made them, it was there when I joined the squat. But what if looked like was a cookie cutter, and you cut these plates of like a brass aluminum, and they were weighted exactly the same as a subway token Wed sell them for a quarter- and they cost about a penny to make. People would buy bags - we handled the whole East and West Village.
And before that, when you lived in Provo, Utah, did going to high school or one of the few non-mormons give you any insight into Gory Gilmore?
Totally. Morman kids in Utah, if they rebelled, they went further than any of my New York City friends would go, because it was so black-and-while, the culture was so rigid. So if someone tried acid, they'd do it thirty days straight and end up in the loony bin, and then the only way out is come back ten times harder into the church. There was nothing in moderation, because there was no outlet.
What do you think men talk about when there are no girls around?
I am an a bus with a bunch of guys and they trade off sports statistics for ages. The greatest guy talk l've been included in, though I kind of instigated it, was how they felt about pubic hair on women, it was a huge thing. It went from not really liking it when it starts to look like a pair of shorts, to liking it waxed, to very little hair to whatever - as long as it's a woman, 'm there. Which seems like a very guy thing.
You're on angry young woman, or we all know. What makes you angry?
People with no sense of humor And categories that portray people as incomplete, such as Angry Young Woman.
And when did you last lost your temper?
This morning. I hadn't eaten since yeterday at lunchtime and I hadn't slept. I got some food at the airport, went up to the gate, and my band devoured my food.
Did you have a little tantrum?
Totally, I'm still having it. And sometimes I get furious when people don't read my mind and know exactly what I need.
Okay. Not that you're an angry young women, though. And if you went to a costume party today, who would you go as?
I should say the first thing that came into my head, which was Marilyn Manson but I don't think that's actually tre
Especially if it were going to result in a new lifelong nickname.
Oh God, no. Definitely not. Do you want to hear the truth? Maybe it's a little too clever but the truth is I wouldn't dress up.
Ah. And maybe there's a nice little message of self-esteem there.
Maybe there is. And I 've kind of startedto feel that way. If I went to a costume party this year I'd go as mysel,f becaus in this past year I've startedtoe know who that is more than I ever did before.
Interview by contributing editor Mim Udovitch,
whose nickname is Mim.