It took me more than a month, but I finally read the New Yorker’s excellent profile of Trent Reznor. As someone who is a pretty huge fan of Nine Inch Nails, I’ve always wondered what it must feel like for Reznor to stand on stage and perform songs that were written during a turbulent time in his life—especially now that he’s sober. It was clearly one of the reasons he decided to stop touring as NIN.
In the piece, Reznor talks about how difficult it is for him to perform “Hurt”: “You can’t help but relive it a bit, and revisit those times,” he says. “It’s a trail that sticks with you. It’s not like you can turn off the lights and say, ‘Good night.’” Still, it’s a beautiful song—as Johnny Cash’s cover proves.