Daniel Johnston Has Bad Judgment

The Onion AV Club has an interview with the fantastic and troubled Daniel Johnston. It ends with this odd exchange:

DJ: Oh, cool. I’m wondering if you could put in the article, like, publish my address and say if they want to buy a drawing, a colored drawing for $20, to just write to this address and I’ll get it to them. Could you do that? It’s—

Margie Johnston: [Cutting in.] I’m sorry. This is Dan’s sister Margie. We—if he gets cash in the mail, he orders things from the pizza place. He doesn’t put the money in the bank. We cannot have him selling stuff at his address. Yeah, it’s not a good idea. He has a guardian for his finances because he doesn’t have good judgment about how much things should cost. So if you wouldn’t mind not doing that…

DJ: Sorry about that. That’s my art manager. I was just trying to earn some extra money. They sell my drawings on the Internet for hundreds of dollars, and I get my groceries for free. I was just thinking, “Gee, if I could get money in the mail…” But that was just wishful thinking. You can still publish my address, so if people write to me, just to say “Hello.” I’d like to have gotten away with it. She just happened to be in the house at the time. [Laughs.]

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