Inside John Darnielle’s Boiling Brain

  • There’s this notion in Jewish thinking of healing the world. I’m almost always writing about situations that you as a person would prefer to avoid. And then I want [the characters] to heal. Because all your characters are eventually you anyway. There’s no way you can write a character who doesn’t somehow come from you. Nobody has that kind of vision. So I want them to learn something from their hard times and wind up someplace better. When you tell a story, you imagine yourself in it. And when you imagine yourself someplace, you hope you come out of it OK.