guYS. gu ys .
john darnielle’s novel is coming out in under two months
september 16th kill me
MD: People often speak of certain common technical mistakes in the work of young fiction writers — POV that doesn’t gel, overuse of adverbs in dialog tags, that sort of thing. Are there specific technical problems you see repeatedly in the work of beginning songwriters?
JD: Yeah there’s one, a pet one, which I’ll get to shortly, but the main thing is less technical than - well, for lack of a better term, “moral.” Not moral problems in the sense so much of “what you are doing is morally indefensible,” but more of a “the terms of the moral universe in which you are setting your song are lame, and since you’re the one setting those terms, this is a problem you should fix.” What the hell am I even talking about — this: young men (this problem really doesn’t seem to exist for young women who write songs) often like to present a narrator whose self-destructive “urges” (they usually aren’t real “urges” so much as cosmetic choices about how to present himself) are clearly placing him on a collision course with doom. The narrator of these songs often seems to hope that the important people in his life will be both very impressed by the special nature of his pain, and that some people who have spurned him will be so horrified by the things his pain has made him do that they will either a) give him what he wants from them or b) speak with awe about him.
Really can’t stand that kinda stuff. There is one thing special about your pain: it’s yours. That ought to be enough, in my opinion; you can describe it from there, and take control of it, detail it lovingly, etc. But when a narrator seems to think that he is somehow beatified by his own particular collection of neuroses, well, this bugs me. I was as guilty of this early on as anybody, and one of my most popular songs is pretty much One Of These Types, and it’s not that all songs like this are bad. In fact many of them are quite good. But it’s a tendency that should be outgrown quickly. Often there are two main characters in a song like this, and almost always, the song would be a much better one of the two weren’t acting like a child."
john darnielle is my mom and he is a beautiful extraordinary lady even if he doesnt know it yet
I could just listen to john darnielle talk for the rest of my life
if you’re not following John Darnielle’s Twitter you’re officially internetting wrong
john darnielle is the only celebrity with a genuinely interesting tumblr honestly
Alternative version of my joke:
“I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox
And which you were probably saving for breakfast
Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold,”
Writes Quetzalcoatl. The god leans back, pleased with their new venture into art. From now on, they think, I…
Abuse is messed up and wrapped up in so many other things happening in your life at the same time and sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. It took me a long time to figure out what was happening to me, but once I did, The Sunset Tree by The Mountain Goats became really, really important to me. I could barely understand the things happening to and around me, let alone explain them, but this album knew what I was going through. It could speak for me when I couldn’t. It became my strength when it seemed that I made only of weakness.
The album’s liner notes feature a message from John Darnielle, the writer, singer, and guitarist of The Mountain Goats:
"Made possible by my stepfather, Mike Noonan (1940-2004): may the peace which eluded you in life be yours now
Dedicated to any young men and women anywhere who live with people who abuse them, with the following good news:
you are going to make it out of there alive
you will live to tell your story
never lose hope”
Idk how to talk to my family so I just talk about john darnielle