• Mountain Goat John Darnielle on California's elimination of domestic violence shelter funding: "I spent Christmas & New Year's Eve of 1983 in a motel with my mother & my sister; we were lucky. My mom had a job. When I consider that mothers & sons & daughters without the means to get themselves into a Motel 6 might have to spend a night with their abusers after having found the strength to flee — well, I wish I had a turn of phrase that describes what it feels like to think of people in such situations, but I don't."
  • Daniel Johnston, Unicorns, Zombies, Beulah, Microphones — Michael Cera likes good music. But you probably already knew that.
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