Why Reznor hates social media
Trent Reznor thinks social media is taking the magic out of music, said David Marchese in Vulture.com. Growing up, the Nine Inch Nails frontman didn’t know how Pink Floyd or any of his other rock idols looked. And he liked that. “I didn’t need to know,” says Reznor, 52. “In my mind, they looked like wizards, man. Something in me needed the people making the music I loved to seem larger in life. I needed heroes. The album was an escape. Music became the canvas I could project onto.” Nowadays, fans know everything about their favorite artists from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media: Not just how they look, but also what they think, who their friends are, what they eat, what jokes they tell, how they react to everyday life. For Reznor, this “demystification” is unwelcome. “There’ve been people whose music I can’t like anymore because I’ve seen them bitching on Twitter about a waiter.” He also hates hearing what the “anonymous basement dweller” thinks about his work. “Criticism hurts. Hearing someone say you’re a piece of s--- or that the song you’re insecure about sucks is harmful. I have a hard time unhearing that stuff.” He doesn’t want those jeering, negative voices in his head when he’s creating new songs. “When you’re not thinking about the audience,” he says, “you can make more pure art.”
Campion’s parenting break
Jane Campion has always done things her own way, said Simon Hattenstone in The Guardian (U.K.). The New Zealand–born director had a huge box office hit with her 1993 indie film The Piano, for which she won an Oscar and the Cannes Palme d’Or. But when, 10 years later, critics panned her erotic thriller In the Cut, Campion decided to stop working and become a full-time mother. “I was going to take a break anyway,” she says, “but I found it really easy, because when you have a failure, nobody rings you up or wants you to do anything.” Campion’s marriage had ended, and her 9-year-old daughter, Alice, had developed a serious aversion to school. “She’s a very gentle girl. I said to her one day, ‘Come on, get up, let’s go, I’m going to drop you off at school.’ She said, ‘I’m not going and you’d better get used to it. I’m not going to school ever again.’” Alice couldn’t be budged, so Campion homeschooled her, devising a curriculum to suit her daughter’s interests. Now 63, Campion is back at work, directing the cult TV series Top of the Lake (in which Alice, now 22, has a starring role). But she looks back on her four-year career hiatus with great fondness. “Having a daughter,” she says, “is the best thing that ever happened to me.
A-Rod’s quest for redemption
Alex Rodriguez has had a rebirth, said Marisa Guthrie in The Hollywood Reporter. Three years ago, the New York Yankees slugger hit rock bottom when he was forced to sit out the whole season for a second doping violation. “There were nights,” he says, “when I considered tapping out.” But Rodriguez returned to the game he loved and surprised everyone by having a good season at age 40. A year on from his subsequent retirement, “A-Rod” is now remaking himself as a TV personality: an analyst on Fox Sports, a contributor for ABC News, and the star of his own mentoring show on CNBC. He is dating Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lopez, and receives advice on his large real estate firm and other business interests from Warren Buffett. Rodriguez, 42, says the doping ban may have been “one of the best things that happened in my life.” He realized he had to “stop being a jerk” and take responsibility for his failures. “When people can see you’re genuine, that’s when they pay attention. You have to own your s---.” Rodriguez accepts that many fans will never forgive his doping transgressions. “The mistakes I’ve made are loud and clear. But one thing I am proud of is, I did not let those mistakes define who I am. I kept getting up.” ■