Popmatters just put up a really great interview with John Darnielle about working with kids in psych wards, his book on Black Sabbath, and metal in general. It's really an excellent read...
“But yeah—metal was a place young people went to feel like not everybody thought they were dumbasses, you know, where adults could look at them from a place of success and position and say, ‘The things you value have value, no matter what they are or how weird they seem to other people, and anybody who tells you otherwise is an asshole.’ Which is the great truth of metal, as far as I’m concerned.”
In other Sabbath news, John will be reading at Housing Works in NYC on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 7:00 PM.
And starting on Monday, he'll be doing a week of guest blogging over on the Powell's site.