Autre Ne Veut: "Autre Ne Veut is inscribed on the back of this hat ornament at The Cloisters, which is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I picked it maybe 10 years ago, I was just up there with some friends.
I was imagining a context in which this duke was forced into the marriage, whatever, I don’t know, and the mistress was his one kind of emotional outlet.
“For some reason I haven’t been able to verify that this is real, but I have this memory that somebody told me that it was a gift from an English duke to his French mistress and something about this idea of wanting something that is just outside your reach.
“I was imagining a context in which this duke was forced into the marriage, whatever, I don’t know, and the mistress was his one kind of emotional outlet, but she was impossible on some levels too and all he could give her was this hat pin. I kind of liked the emotional tension of that at the time, but again I was 20-years-old and then it stuck.
"I guess on some level I like some things being a little vague, a little up in the air. I like the idea of everyone from fan to journalist kind of making their own interpretation about what they think the name means, so I guess it doesn’t really matter what people think."