Taylor Swift: 21 Exclamation Points Say It All

Taylor Swift has always maintained that she doesn’t Google herself, she doesn’t Wikipedia herself and she doesn’t read stories that people wrote about her. It’s a pretty good rule. But the New York magazine story seems to be the exception.

Swift is the cover story of this month’s issue, and once it hit newsstands, she posted a picture of the magazine with this tweet: “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

That’s 21 exclamation points and no words. Clearly, this is one story she did read and did love.

The story is long — almost 5,700 words long. But the gist — if I had to sum it up — is that Swift is nice. She’s normal. She’s real. She’s self-deprecating. She’s an oddball. She’s a “hippie arts-camp counselor.” And she’s so far from being a diva that she will even blow her nose in the middle of a concert and admit it to her audience.

But again, the “she’s nice” theme is what carries you through the entire length of this long read. The only time Swift ever shows signs that maybe she has a sarcastic semi-evil wit is when the writer describes the man who sat next to him at her concert. Early 40s, covered in Taylor Swift merch, filming the show on his phone and singing along with every word.

“He’s probably in a file somewhere,” Swift said.

What I love about Swift’s lack of attitude is her shrewd way of looking at the future. Other stars as big as Swift may not be looking beyond their next album or their next tour, but she already has an idea for her early retirement.

“When I’m 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I’ll be, like, ’Cool, I’ll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.’ It’s looking like a good pension plan,” Swift told the magazine.

That’s 16 years off, though, so she still has time to keep being nice.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.