NPR: I read something, Karen, where you were quoted as saying, “We’ve got a death grip on the adolescent way of feeling things.” Which I would assume means coming at things from a very raw, emotional place, as adolescents tend to do. But we grow up, in part because that’s just an exhausting way to live. Is it tiring for you? Is it fatiguing to have to emote so much?
KAREN O: Yeah, I mean, it’s an artist thing … having the mundane experience of living day to day, [but] experiencing things on this really kind of amped-up level. It can exhaust me for sure. It’s a great thing, though, because I think a lot of people want to be able to express those kinds of emotions. I put on, like, a late Elvis track, where he’s just pouring his heart out in Vegas with these huge instrumentals, just over the top — and I feel alive. When I feel sad, this is the kind of sad that I feel.
AND IT HURTS