Musician and critic John Darnielle answers the five questions from the Midwest where he sings real loud and plays some guitar.
DOB: 16 March
What do you do: I write songs; I write about other people’s songs, for my own ‘zine and for some other places; I sing real loud and play some guitar for the Mountain Goats; From seven a.m. to three p.m. four days a week, I work with children with psychiatric and/or emotional problems.
Favorite Books: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer; Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion; all of Sophocles, most of Aeschylus, much of Euripides.
Heroes: Mitch Williams, former reliever for the Phillies, who handled almost incomprehensible public ire with grace and poise, and who to this day carries himself well when discussing the death threats he got for giving up that long ball to Joe Carter after loading the bases.
What makes you laugh: Thinking about Mitch Williams; the Onion, of course; U.S. foreign policy.
Charity worth giving to: Farm Sanctuary, Helping Hands, and of course Doctors Without Borders is also wonderful.
Five words that sound good: Chicago, Cubs, Win, The, Pennant. Better make that ‘Five words that would sound great.’