The Life and Death of Grimes

The Life and Death of Grimes

March 21, 2019, Claire Elise Boucher hates all her names, especially her middle name, but even the name she invented a decade ago, the name she performs music under and is famous as: Grimes. “I think I’ll kill ‘Grimes’ soon,” she says. “It will be a public execution followed by—by something else. I shouldn’t say yet.” Meanwhile, for now, she asks to be called c (italicized and lowercase). Just like, as she’s fond of pointing out, the shorthand for the speed of light in a vacuum, or 186,282 miles per second., “ ‘Claire,’ ” c says, “is done…

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