There’s a moment in everyone’s life, if they’re doing it right and being lucky, when someone unexpected will come along and go “That thing you’re into that you didn’t think anyone else was, and you were totally alone? I like it too” and change everything. Not just whatever the topic of that particular lonely obsession might’ve been, but the idea that someone will understand and get whatever you’re into, and you just have to find them. “Cannonball” by the Breeders was that thing for me, and the person who said “Have you heard this song by this American band…?” in such a you-probably-haven’t-it’s-weird-never-mind tone of voice was that person who, without knowing it, told me it was okay to not be into everything everyone I knew at school was.
So thanks for that, Christine.