Taylor Swift's privacy is a public act on 'Reputation'

Taylor Swift's privacy is a public act on 'Reputation'

For Taylor Swift, love — or the idea of it — has always represented a refuge, an escape, a shelter in a storm.

When she emerged, just over a decade ago, romance was a means of lifting herself out of the too-smallness of high school; later, its enduring promise cushioned her after any number of messy breakups.

Swift’s idealizing impulse resonated with fans, who were using her music the same way she was using her imagination, and she quickly became one of the biggest and most closely observed pop stars on the planet.

Now, on her sixth studio album, “Reputation” — which came out Friday and sold more than 700,000 copies in 24 hours, according to Nielsen Music — love is an...

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