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"This is a line I’ve repeated so many times throughout my career: I don’t think I am special. I think other people are not taking their job seriously. My job is songwriter. That’s what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, right? So how many months are there in a year? Is it really asking too much of me to write one a month? If I were a brick layer and I laid one brick a month, I’d be fired by the end of my first week on the job. So I think asking a songwriter to write two songs a month… at that point you should have 24 songs a year, and 10 of them should be good. I am productive, but I think everybody should be as productive as me if they really cherish the ability to do it."
06:07PM   ▼   04 Sep, 14   ▼    via   ▼    16♡

upthewolf:

self care: hour long john darnielle interviews

06:06PM   ▼   04 Sep, 14   ▼    via   ▼    13♡

"I love the people who laugh, because I know those are the ones who have been the most desperate. There comes a point in the pursuit of desperation where everything becomes funny."
John Darnielle (via youcancallmepotter)
06:05PM   ▼   04 Sep, 14   ▼    via   ▼    137♡

cerulean-warbler:

So John Darnielle tweeted at me this morning.

Im so upset by this

cerulean-warbler:

So John Darnielle tweeted at me this morning.

Im so upset by this

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unabsolved:

guYS. gu ys .

guys.

john darnielle’s novel is coming out in under two months

september 16th kill me

02:56PM   ▼   02 Aug, 14   ▼    via   ▼    5♡
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saturdayphotos:

The Mountain Goats at The Mayan on 17 June 2014

shot for The Owl Mag

© Samantha Saturday 2014 Please do not use without permission.

02:55PM   ▼   02 Aug, 14   ▼    via   ▼    16♡

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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.

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Mark Doten interviews John Darnielle, The Weaklings (via roadburdened)
02:53PM   ▼   02 Aug, 14   ▼    via   ▼    38♡

weedjock:

john darnielle is my mom and he is a beautiful extraordinary lady even if he doesnt know it yet 

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weedjock:

its time to recruit john darnielle into the trans army 

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snailkit:

I could just listen to john darnielle talk for the rest of my life

02:52PM   ▼   02 Aug, 14   ▼    via   ▼    6♡

"…if Mountain Goats songs teach you anything, it’s not pessimism or bitterness or melodrama; it’s loyalty. Not to the people you’ve loved, exactly, but to the fact that you did love them. Maybe you don’t anymore, but that doesn’t invalidate the choices you made when you did. If you listen to enough Mountain Goats songs you learn that there is a kind of dignity in honoring feelings you no longer have. John Darnielle’s people fall out of love, yes, but they never forget that they were in it."
indeed (via hello-starling)
11:44AM   ▼   24 Jul, 14   ▼    via   ▼    ©   ▼    30♡

acatnamedhercules:

if you’re not following John Darnielle’s Twitter you’re officially internetting wrong

acatnamedhercules:

if you’re not following John Darnielle’s Twitter you’re officially internetting wrong

11:43AM   ▼   24 Jul, 14   ▼    via   ▼    ©   ▼    12♡

"…if Mountain Goats songs teach you anything, it’s not pessimism or bitterness or melodrama; it’s loyalty. Not to the people you’ve loved, exactly, but to the fact that you did love them. Maybe you don’t anymore, but that doesn’t invalidate the choices you made when you did. If you listen to enough Mountain Goats songs you learn that there is a kind of dignity in honoring feelings you no longer have. John Darnielle’s people fall out of love, yes, but they never forget that they were in it."
indeed (via hello-starling)
11:39AM   ▼   24 Jul, 14   ▼    via   ▼    30♡

sexhaver:

john darnielle is the only celebrity with a genuinely interesting tumblr honestly

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