(Anderson) recalls moving from England to Michigan, when she was 11, and discovering that she was no longer part of the tribe. “Going from London to a small Republican town like Grand Rapids was quite a shock,” she says. “I thought it would be a place of sunshine and happiness and candy bars.” In high school, she was voted ‘Most Bizarre’ and ‘Most Likely to Be Arrested.’ “Both descriptions,” says Anderson, “contained a kernel of truth, based on how I chose to look, dress, behave, you know-the relationships I was in at the time were freaking people out.” Invited to elaborate, she begins to list them: “I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school, and then I was in a relationship with a punk rock drug addict who…”
Wait, a lesbian relationship? “Yeah, yeah, well it’s… You know, I’m old enough that I can talk about that,” she says, before resuming her list: “And then I was in a relationship with somebody who was way, way older than me. Everything that that kind of anarchistic attitude brings-the inappropriate behavior it leads to-was how I chose to be in the world at that time, which was, you know, not what people did.”
Great. As if my fantasy store wasn’t already overstocked.