For her first-ever cover with GQ, Taylor Swift spent time with writer Chuck Klosterman, giving an intense, wide-ranging, Kanye West-inclusive interview while dodging the paparazzi and, at one point, taking a surprise call from one of the very few humans who’s as famous as she is. As Klosterman writes in the November issue, “If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously…There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist. It’s as if mid-period Garth Brooks was also early Liz Phair, minus the hat and the swearing. As a phenomenon, it’s absolutely new.”
Check back next week for more of Swift’s “Tay-tanic” interview with Chuck—and to see all the photos from her beachside shoot in Malibu with photographer Michael Thompson.