John Doran

Menk, by John Doran

How My Father's Sickness Brought Back the Pain of My Childhood

After all these years and near-death experiences, I still can't have an honest conversation with my father.
John Doran
10.8.18
Menk, by John Doran

I Still Can't Speak to My Dad, Even Though He Might Be About to Die

I traveled home to see him, and all I could talk about was my belt.
John Doran
10.1.18
Menk, by John Doran

Why Does Everything Remind Me of Taking Cocaine?

Playing a game of chess against my son, I was transported back 20 years, to a house where I'd go to score cocaine and sometimes smoke crack.
John Doran
9.24.18
Menk, by John Doran

I Got Hit by a Car and Now I Don’t Recognize My Own Thoughts

Serious trauma does funny stuff to your brain.
John Doran
9.17.18
MENK

Having a Brain Injury Is Like Going to a Belgian Hardcore Rave

After getting hit by a car, it didn't occur to me that not getting an MRI was a mistake.
John Doran
9.10.18
MENK

Lord, I Have a Broken Heart

When you stop drinking, you worry that no one will find you interesting ever again.
John Doran
6.22.18
In Memoriam

John Doran Remembers the Adrenaline Rush of Meeting Mark E Smith

Champagne sipped out a half-pint glass and that inimitable laugh: The Quietus co-founder looks back on interviewing The Fall's late frontman.
John Doran
1.25.18
Interviews

James Murphy Knows He's Not Getting Any Younger

The LCD Soundsystem frontman talks fatherhood, brawls, and his obsession with British music.
John Doran
10.9.17
VICE Long Reads

What It's Like to Get Hit by a Car and Forget Your Identity

When John Doran was hit by a car recently, his crash helmet shattered, he was knocked out, and he ended up with a concussion so severe that he temporarily forgot who he was.
John Doran
12.7.16
Music

I Was Threatened with Death After Writing a Bad Music Review

The culture that surrounds the production of music can feel like it is overflowing with fragile souls, and it's not uncommon to encounter people experiencing serious mental health issues.
John Doran
4.15.16
VICE Long Reads

Why the Horrid 'Keep Calm and Carry On' Meme Still Won’t Die

The slogan isn't just one of the world's most ubiquitous and annoying memes. It also represents a sort of nostalgia for the days when life was harder.
John Doran
2.24.16
Stuff

I Drilled a Hole in My Own Skull to Stay High Forever

Joe Mellen is a 76-year-old former beatnik who turned on, tuned in, dropped out, and used an electric drill to make a hole in his skull.
John Doran
2.12.16
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