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John Darnielle Agenda

When: Tue., Oct. 7 2014
Price: $30 (includes book)
John Darnielle, the singer, songwriter, and only consistent member of the Mountain Goats, wrote a novella, released in 2008 as one of the more offbeat entries in the 33 1/3 series, in which Black Sabbath's 1971 album Master of Reality figured prominently. His first full-length novel, Wolf in White Van, published last month, is evidence that the acclaimed lyricist has quickly become a skillful writer of fiction. Recently long-listed for the National Book Award for fiction, Wolf in White Van is an intricately twisted book Darnielle pulls off with the easy confidence of an experienced novelist. It follows Sean Phillips, a young man obsessed with horror movies, Conan the Barbarian comics, and heavy metal, who survived a gunshot to the head at the age of 17. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are hinted at but not fully revealed until the very last page. What we do know is that "the accident," as it is usually referred to, ruined his face, his hearing, and many of his relationships, and left him essentially a recluse. Continue reading >>



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