Is Asking For It
By Josh Jackson
Amanda Palmer has haters. When her Kickstarter campaign hit the $1 million mark, she was accused of funneling the money to the Church of Scientology. Last fall, after asking the “professional-ish musicians” among her fanbase to join her onstage for free beer and hugs, the backlash ranged from producer Steve Albini using words like “idiot” and “gross” to a piece in The New Yorker calling her “the Internet’s villain of the month.” She’s learned, if not always to ignore the critics, at least to engage them and move on. She is, after all, knocking over the money-changers’ tables in the music business temple by...