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Martha Wainwright plays mother, daughter, sister

Even within her own family, Martha Wainwright was a puzzle. The singer casually recounts a story about how much she vexed her older brother, a story that might be seen as going well beyond standard sibling abuse if it weren’t for the absence of judgment in the way she shares it.

“My brother once described me,” says Wainwright, “and he was honest, he said, ‘I don’t understand you, Martha. Sometimes you can be so beautiful and sometimes you can be so ugly.’ And he meant it literally. And I think I know what he’s talking about. So I'm sort of embracing that.”

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