How to handle criticism, via the Beatles

… as when a reporter in L.A. says, “In a recent article, Time magazine put down pop music. They referred to ‘Day Tripper’ as being about a prostitute and ‘Norwegian Wood’ as being about a lesbian. And I just wanted to know what your intent was when you wrote it, and what your feeling is about the Time magazine criticism of the music that is being written today.” Paul replies with straight face. “We’re just trying to write songs about prostitutes and lesbians, that’s all.”

Dreaming the Beatles, p. 131

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