By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Do you feel that playing such confessional songs, and even writing your autobiography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know, have spread your own identity too thin?
I just have this thing where I don't censor myself at all. When I'm writing a song, I'm trying to get to the truth underneath the truth. Then it's not until I go out and play the song in front of a room full of strangers that suddenly I think, "What have I done? This is kind of embarrassing."
Your father [Hugh Everett III, who died in 1982] was the physicist who helped to develop the theory of parallel universes. For Nova's documentary Parallel Universes, Parallel Lives, you met your father's friends and read his books to find out more about him. This was fascinating for viewers, but it must have been difficult for you.
It was terrifying when I went into it, and it was such a satisfying experience in the end, because I thought they did a great job with it and it was so rewarding for me personally. I wish everything went that way. Everybody should be so lucky that they get to make a documentary about their father.
Did you feel that the filmmaker's take on Mark Everett was a caricature of you?
No, I don't think there's any caricature, I think it's really me. What was nice about the Nova thing was, I had no idea what to expect, but when I watched it, I felt like not only did I like my father in it, I liked me in it. It was the first time that I actually felt, "Hey, I like me." He seemed like a pretty likable guy, you know? I wasn't aware of it.