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After her tap-dance lesson, Kat Edmonson had lunch at a Cuban restaurant. Edmonson is a singer and songwriter who has a new record, called "The Big Picture." She is petite, with short, fine hair, delicate features, and pearly teeth. Her accent sounds Midwestern, but she grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn. She began writing songs when she was nine years old, keeping them in a binder that says "Katherine's Songs" on the cover, in letters made from little plastic jewels. She never learned an instrument well, so her songs are built around melodies as they occur to her, rather than on patterns of chords. She calls her style "vintage pop." Her singing voice is supple and adept and capable of suggesting several shades of feeling within a single phrase, but it has a childlike quality, and some people regard it as idiosyncratic. "Growing up, I always just assumed I had a wonderful voice, and everyone would think so," she said at the restaurant. "But people are starting to use adjectives like ‘quirky,' and ‘polarizing.' A lot of the things I like have been called ‘polarizing'-Bob Dylan, the Eiffel Tower, pâté. People don't hate the Eiffel Tower now, but they did."  READ THE FULL New Yorker FEATURE