John Darnielle In Conversation And Song – Hosted By Tobias Wolf

25 02 2009

Two of our time’s greatest storytellers met on stage at Hearst Theatre last night when author Tobias Wolf interviewed singer-songwriter John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. From a mutual appreciation of each other’s work bordering on fandom, the two explored the authenticity of each other’s narratives, the affection each holds for his characters, and the process of translating experience into art.

Wolf presented most of the questions, which Darnielle fielded with an almost brutal honesty, pausing at times to swallow back the emotional turmoil of his fractured past. From heroin addiction to work as a psychiatric nurse, the empathy Darnielle evoked led Wolf to return in kind, fielding questions directed at him with equal honesty.

The hour long discussion preceded an acoustic set from Darnielle in which his verbose song introductions only added depth to his interview account.

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