Five years ago I caught glandular fever, the viral infection that is frequently and rather dismissively referred to as the “kissing disease”. It tends to affect people differently: for some, it consists of a lousy week of tiredness and a blisteringly sore throat that makes eating near impossible; for others it’s months of nausea, depression, lingering fatigue and roughly a week of tonsillitis either side of those effects.
Here’s a conversation that I had with John Linnell, singer, accordionist and keyboardist for the band They Might Be Giants. We spoke for almost an hour over the phone, but due to an extremely tight word limit, I was unable to fit everything into my written account. John couldn’t have been a nicer person, and as a huge fan of his band, speaking to him has been a highlight of my short career. Alas, I’m not sure how impressed I am with what I’ve written here. One day I hope to write up the full conversation. But until then, this will have to do.