Mikel Jollett

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Mikel Jollett is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, Jollett graduated with honors from Stanford University. He was an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men's Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney's. ...more

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Mikel Jollett Short answer is they’re extremely supportive. Everyone’s been very kind, my peers from Synanon, my mom Bonnie, what she would call “kvelling” over the…moreShort answer is they’re extremely supportive. Everyone’s been very kind, my peers from Synanon, my mom Bonnie, what she would call “kvelling” over the book. People seem to understand that I was trying to give voice to a kid who didn’t have one and felt moved by it. It’s changed how some people in our immediate circle perceive some things, mostly because some things were unearthed.

The person I was most scared to read it was my brother. Tony didn’t know how much the book was about him. We’re close. We hang out. He knew I was writing a memoir, but I don’t think he knew how much of it was about his life, his journey, his struggle, the huge change that he went through. So, I called him when I was done and asked him to read it, and tell me what he thought. I was terrified because it goes into all this detail about his life. He read it in two days and called me over to the house. I went over, and we sat in the kitchen nook and he was just so generous, so warm and willing to share his story and so okay with it. He said, “Listen, I know I don’t always look good in all of this, but neither do you. You’re being honest. I mean, all this happened. I wouldn’t change a word. Maybe someone will read this and come to some new stuff in their lives, and that’s good.” He was as large-hearted a soul about it as he could be. (less)
Mikel Jollett Honestly, putting out a book like this scares me. I worked so hard at this book — I had 13 drafts. I went over every single word just trying to get th…moreHonestly, putting out a book like this scares me. I worked so hard at this book — I had 13 drafts. I went over every single word just trying to get the story right. I had this dream of this book I wanted the whole world to read, and then I was just terrified about people reading it because it’s just so personal. I think that’s called “fear of exposure.” It’s terrifying to have all your private thoughts and anguish and vulnerabilities — the things that were uncomfortable to write — out there for the world. That scares me.

The other thing that scares me is becoming a parent. Since the book was published, we have a second kid, a baby girl. My biggest fear in the world is that my kids are going to get hurt. And it’s weird how quickly things shift. The minute my son was born, I thought, I don’t even matter anymore; my job is a vessel of protection for these other creatures. (less)
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Father’s Day Thoughts

Good morning everyone,

When I was fifteen years old, I was in a parking lot with my father when a man came up to us and asked for some change. He had on dirty clothes and was leaning on a crutch with a foot in some kind of splint. Without missing a beat, my dad reached in his pocket and gave him five bucks. The man smiled, thanked him and walked away.

I said, “Dad, why’d you give him so much money? Read more of this blog post »
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It never occurred to me to fictionalize it. The question that started the memoir was, “Why am I so sad?” After my dad died, I knew what I wanted to write about. Why did his death hit me so hard? He was sick for a lot of years, we knew he was going to See Full Answer
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“The General Major walks up and has the bright idea
to take my foot out of the river. And then, as if to remind me that there are certain people in life you cannot take for granted, even for moment, he says: “Well, I’d say you’re gonna live, but we all know that isn’t true.”
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“How long can you live with ghosts before deciding to become one? How long until the walls become clouds and the floor opens up like clear blue sky and there’s nowhere to go but your stone tower where you are the one who chooses who to haunt and how to haunt and when to haunt. You learn how to act, to pretend, to inhabit different forms in your mind, different faces to the world, some of them terrifying, some charming, some cunning, some innocent, some a hundred feet tall, godlike, and invincible, others tiny and frail, beseeching and ironic. Five, ten, ten thousand different ghosts of your creation, one for every person you meet, one for every occasion, so many that they crowd the hallways of your castle in the sky.

But somewhere within those imaginary walls, sitting alone in the dark above the clouds, you are aware that you are none of those things. Only sad.”
Mikel Jollett, Hollywood Park

“That’s the whole magic trick of an essence brought to life by a song, to become an artist when you feel broken and you’ve decided to turn it into beauty. To make the pain useful. The longing, the fear, the heartache and dread, the ability to see these broken pieces of yourself like cracks in an armor through which you are better able to see the world: too broken to be normal, just broken enough to see beauty.”
Mikel Jollett, Hollywood Park


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