Sep 17, 2014 6:01 PM
As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain
"Your intelligence doesn't override your desire to destroy yourself," Darnielle tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I really, really did not want to be in my own skin. I really wanted to get high and stay high."
The singer-songwriter's parents divorced when he was 5 years old, and he was abused by his stepfather.