'A lot of people have said I'd have probably done better in my career if I hadn't looked so cheap and gaudy,' she says in that famously lilting voice. 'But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn't be blamed because you want to look pretty. My husband likes me to look this way, and he's the one I want to please.'

From a new interview with Dolly Parton. Her mode of being is not my mode of being, but I really admire her. She's smart and scrappy, and she seems to have more self-knowledge and ontological security than most people. And her 1974 album, Jolene, is absolutely brilliant--one of my all-time favorites.

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