From USA TODAY:
"I wasn't a hippie or a stoner so I ended up being the weirdo. I was interested in classical ballet and music, so the kids were quite mean if you were different. I was one of those people that people were mean to. When that happened, instead of being a doormat, I decided to emphasize my differences." --- Madonna
For me it was old movies and jazz, but I was on the business end of mean too. I wish I'd been as confident and assured as Madonna back then. While I too embraced my differences, I was in that awful twilight zone where you keep being and doing the things that make you a "weirdo," but at the same time you remain hurt and affecetd by others' actions and opinions.
But I'm all better now. And I did it without fame, the Kabbalah, or a "Sex" book to call my own. (Yet.)
*Thanks to Anastasia Goodstein for ferreting out this quote.