7 Times Madonna Made Your Brain Cavity Melt During Her Interview with David Blaine

Looking for something fun to do with your weekend? First, buy some opium. Then pick up the November issue of Interview Magazine, where Madonna is interviewed by David Blaine. Smoke the aforementioned opium. Read this excessively out-there conversation between Madonna and Tony Wonder, erm, I mean David Blaine. Feel the artsy-fartsyness cause your brain to melt inside your skull cavity. A great time for the whole family!

Equipped with a series of note-card questions, Blaine, performance artist/maestro of the metaphysical/dear, dear friend of Madonna, plays the James Lipton role in the dialogue. He doesn't exactly ask what Madonna would like to hear Saint Peter say at the pearly gates, but he might as well. Blaine directs a series of self-consciously deep questions at Ma-doons that elicit equally self-consciously deep answers. They talk about life, art, death, and love. Madonna drops names (Banksy, Keith Haring, Basquiat) like bennies in the club. Blaine reminds us of the various illusions in his oeuvre. I've saved the best for last: Madonna does the first part of the interview with her eyes closed at Blaine's request.

So, without further ado, here are the seven most bonkers quotes from the Madonna/David Blaine variety hour. OH, to hear this conversation in public...

On spending a full day in isolation

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"I think I would really enjoy it, stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children — it's endless. So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me."

On the vocation of being an artist

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"We're in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and to be inspired or moved. So you don't want people to see the labor behind it."

On brain activity

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"Thinking isn't something you think about. It comes naturally."

On whether people are inherently good or evil

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"We're all good, intrinsically, just covered sometimes in filth and darkness, and our job is to get rid of it, to peel back the layers and reveal our goodness."

On the most difficult part of her work

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"Sleeping is the most difficult part of what I do."

On psychoactive substances

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"I keep saying, 'Plugging into the matrix.' If you get high, you can do that, which is why a lot of people drop acid or do drugs, because they want to get closer to God."

On which relics from humanity she'd put in the voyager

"Water, because water is mercy, and you can't live without water."


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