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Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner Has a Question for Taylor Swift

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Can Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner ask you a question, Taylor Swift? During a spot on her book tour for her best-selling memoir Crying in H-Mart, Zauner shared a story of the drunken moment when she met Swift at a bar during a Grammys after-party. Obviously, Swift was ordering a vodka Diet Coke, and Zauner felt compelled to ask her an important question that has been plaguing both BookTok and SwiftTok. An author and Hemingway fan, Zauner asked Swift about a possible literary reference in her song “invisible string,” but Swift’s response left her with more questions than answers. “I’ve been reading a lot of Hemingway,” Zauner said to moderator Kiley Reid as she recalled the moment with Swift. “In that song ‘invisible string,’ you say, ‘Isn’t it just so pretty to think’ — is that a Hemingway reference? And she just goes, ‘Okay, English major!’ and walks away!” As the audience erupted in laughter at the response, Zauner explained that she was embarrassed by the interaction the next morning. While we may never know if Swift was reading Hemingway during quarantine, it makes sense that she’s leaving it a mystery and taking her Diet Coke with her. She’s the queen of Easter eggs, after all, so it’s not out of character to make a little joke and escape, probably in a janitor’s cart.


Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast aka author of “Crying in H Mart” detailing her interaction with Taylor Swift at the Grammys afterparty with moderator Kiley Reid aka author of “Such a Fun Age” on her book tour in Ann Arbor, MI. #taylorswift #swifttok #erastour @taylorswift @taylornation #booktok @jbrekkie #grammys #cryinginhmart #suchafunage #michigan #annarbor #swifties #erastourtaylorswift #erastouroutfits

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JBrekkie’s Michelle Zauner Has a Question for Taylor Swift