Musician and author John Darnielle: “The love I have for Chicago runs very deep into my gut”

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NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 16: John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats performs onstage during a concert to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ at Irving Plaza on November 16, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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The tremendously talented author and musician John Darnielle joins Justin to discuss his new book, “Universal Harvester.” John talks about spending a lot of time in Iowa, the research he had to do to get the story right, what character in the book he most resonates with, developing this type of book and wanting to blur genres, how the performer in him helps him as a writer, his fond memories of living and playing music in Chicago, his appearance this week at Lincoln Hall and the forthcoming Mountain Goats record, “Goths,” due out in May.

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