February 15, 2013
"I was walking around wondering, 'If I knew the history of the world, would everything make more sense to me or would I just lose my mind?' And I came to the conclusion that I'd probably just lose my mind. The next day I went into a bookstore and walked to the wall in the back, and there was The Diary of Anne Frank. I'd never given it any thought in my entire life. I spent two days reading it and then completely flipped out.
I spent about three days crying, and just was completely flipped-out. While I was reading the book, she was alive to me. I pretty much knew what was going to happen...
...The record doesn't necessarily take place in that time period so much. It's a reflection of how I see that time period. I'm not even sure if time is linear or if it's all going in one direction, anyway...
...A lot of the songs on Aeroplane really freaked me out, and it took other people to make me be comfortable with them, and to see that it was okay to sing about a lot of this stuff, not to shut them inside. 'Cause it was just too intense. I would ask a friend, 'What the fuck am I doing?' It took me awhile to figure out that the songs were positive, not just these fucked-up nightmares that I was throwing up... -Jeff Mangum in Puncture Magazine, 1997