“It’s not the exciting place it used to be. It still has great energy; I still put my finger in the socket. But it doesn’t feel alive, cracking with that synergy between the art world and music world and fashion world that was happening in the 80s. A lot of people died.”
Oh, yes, because living in a giant, ultraluxe townhouse in Marylebone, London is so CBGB circa 1983, Madge. The rest of the VF article, by scribe Rich Cohen, reads like a slightly erotic religious experience.
The preparation and interview "was like being brainwashed. Like being dropped in a vat of Madonna," Cohen rhapsodizes. "But it’s how they wanted it — how I was purified and prepared. Like they do in the cults." The writer adds: "When I was in high school, I dated so many girls because they looked like Madonna that I had the feeling I had slipped off my chains and made my way out of Plato’s cave and was seeing the real thing at last." Um, wow.
The pictures of Her Madgesty from the VF spread are really remarkable; as always, she looks fantastic for a woman who is nearing 50. But since that little dig about New York, we've turned sour. And so, apparently, has Diane Sawyer. When teasing a segment on the article on Good Morning America today, Sawyer remarked upon how amazing the singer-actress-director-writer-mogul looked. "Just got out of bed, I'm sure," she deadpanned. "Completely un-retouched."
Bless you, Diane.