I’m Between Jobs and I Gave Jonathan Dick $10 – You Should Too


For a link to the fundraiser mentioned in this article stab here.

Do you remember when I told you to read Steel For Brains? You may have forgotten, but I remember. It’s a kick ass heavy metal site. Founder Jonathan Dick has been dealing with a very unfortunate family situation over the last few weeks. I follow Jonathan on various social media sites, including Facebook, as I have been reading his blog regularly since its inception over two years ago. Last weekend, prolific metal scribe Kim Kelly started a Go Fund Me account for Jonathan Dick. Here it is, in her words:

Most people know Jonathan Dick as a music writer, author, and teacher—as a talented, big-hearted person with a tireless work ethic, a way with words, and a soft spot for Rush. He goes above and beyond to support the music he loves, sharing their stories everywhere from Stereogum, Noisey, NPR, and Pitchfork to his own much-loved site, Steel for Brains. He’s a stand-up guy, a gentle soul, and a lovable nerd, but to three special people in this world, he is more than that—he’s their Daddy. Jonathan’s children are his world, his end-all and be-all, and he is a joyously loving, accepting, goofy, and devoted father to Solomon, Elijah, and his youngest, his little warrior princess, Hannah.

Recently Hannah has been dealing with severe medical problems, leading to an extended hospital stay and uncertain future. She has been disgnosed with ciliary dyskinesia, an incurable genetic lung disorder that means that she will have to undergo daily breathing treatments for the rest of her life.

It’s also left Jonathan with a mountain of hospital bills. His insurance won’t cover all of it, and an Alabama teacher’s salary ain’t what it used to be. Hannah has further tests to undergo, as well, so the family still has a long road ahead.

With that in mind, I decided to set up this fundraiser for him and his children because, honestly, they deserve it. Hannah deserves to live a long, happy, healthy life, and to take that trip to Disney World that Jonathan’s been saving up for. If you’ve ever read and enjoyed one of Jonathan’s articles, bantered with him on Twitter, shared a drink with him in real life, or just want to help this beautiful little girl smile wider, please consider donating a few dollars to this effort. Not every little girl is lucky enough to have a father like Jonathan, and those of us who can count him as a friend are awfully lucky, too.

Many thanks,
Kim Kelly


I don’t know Jonathan Dick personally, but in my limited interactions with him (emailing him about covering his site for our site) I found him to be courteous and grateful. He said he would honored that I would cover his list for the Toilet Ov Hell. I already mentioned being a fan of Steel For Brains – in fact, Jonathan is one of a handful of people who have energized my ham-fisted attempts at blogging. Jonathan is a tremendous writer, and has written about himself personally in a way that is inspiring.

I was laid off last month from a company which I was employed at for seven years. Needless to say, money has been a small concern since my last day of work. Nonetheless, I donated $10 to this campaign. Look, I can barely leave the house without spending $10. If it is within your means, I would encourage you to do the same. At the time of this writing (Sunday, 4/26/15, 1:49 pm CST) the fundraiser for Jonathan and Hannah has already raised $10,041 towards its goal of $20,000 or possibly $30,000. Pallbearer, Lars Gotrich (NPR), and Aaron Lariviere (Stereogum) are among the contributors. If all the readers of the Toilet Ov Hell donated $10 a piece, the fundraiser would likely be $5,000 or $7,000 closer to its goal. This is a time for fans of heavy metal and heavy metal journalism to come together.

Lastly, since this is still a site about music, I recently listened to the new Godspeed You! Black Emperor album Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress because Jonathan Dick covered it for Spin Magazine. It’s just one more motivating thing to add to the list when someone so invested in heavy music starts his own site and ends up writing for an outlet like Spin.

For a link to the fundraiser mentioned in this article stab here.

Thanks to the Toilet Ov Hell editors (as always) for letting me run with this.

P.S. Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress is a very solid record.

P.P.S. I have an interview Thursday for an on-call position. Wish me luck.

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  • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

    He deserves the 10 dollars. I’ll donate ASAP.

  • HessianHunter

    Jonathan reached out to me personally a couple years ago to tell me he thought my music writing was on point. I was flattered; then I looked him up and found Steel For Brains, then I was flabbergasted. The guy is exceedingly talented and open about both his loves and struggles in life, and he deserves nothing but the best. You better bet your ass I’m donating to the man to support his daughter I know he’d trade both arms to save.

    • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

      I’m doing all I can to make sure as many people see this as possible. I posted it on my personal Facebook and will post it on my Twitter as well.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Good shit JJD.

        • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

          I already posted it on my Twitter. I feel for him and I think he should get all the help he can so he can pay those hospital bills and bring his daughter to Disney World. She’d probably love it. I sure loved going there.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I liked doing that stuff as a kid, too.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I’ve been a few times. I’ve also been to Universal.

  • KJM


  • “Thanks to the Toilet Ov Hell editors (as always) for letting me run with this.”
    have you seen some of the articles i’ve written?
    thanks for the info, E/B, on it…

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Jimmy have you seen some of the stuff they’ve let me do? What a world, haha

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        Everybody gets one.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I wrote an article dedicated to my ass.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          w/ photos

          • Guacamole Jim

            So many random people on the internet have seen/judged my body.

          • Dagon

            I would never judge your body, my love. I just appreciate it. I cherish it.

        • if you hadn’t, i would have

  • Guacamole Jim

    It’s when I see things like this that I’m very grateful for the Canadian health care system (not bragging here, just thankful). I really hope he’s able to cover these bills. Thanks for the coverage, Eduardo!

    • KJM

      I support single-payer universal health care all the way.

    • i’m sure the Canadian health care system would work in these glorious (lol) united states, but it’s the transition that wouldn’t.

      • KJM

        It would be rough at first, but once everybody had access to preventative care, the costs would go down considerably.

        • I have trouble convincing my young, healthy, well off white friends how them paying more than everyone else is for the greater good

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Expecting people to be cool with utilitarianism, although ideal, is a bit much.

          • Totally agreed, you can’t just expect people to bend over and take whatever we throw at them because it’s all for the greater good

          • KJM

            I always say that someday, maybe not today, tomorrow, or even a decade from now, but someday the human race will experience some kind of event that will give us all much needed perspective on just how small we are compared to the wider universe and maybe on that day, we’ll realize that we are all in this together.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Amen, brother.

          • Guppusmaximus

            So true… when we finally wake the fuck up and realize that it’s ONLY people who can be in the way of progression then we’ll be better off.

          • KJM

            Yep, we could have it all if people would just get over themselves.

          • Star Trek: First Contact?

          • KJM

            Hopefully the first spacefaring race we encounter will be as benevolent as the Vulcans.

          • Maybe what we really need are these guys:

          • KJM

            I’d rather not. Face huggers creep me out.

        • Dagon

          You could do preventative care even in a private care scenario, but that would mean major changes in the way the system is structured and obviously in profit perspectives. :/

          • KJM

            The parasitic insurance companies have to be removed from the equation IMO.

          • Oh yes. So many of my family members have been killed because of insurance companies being cunts.

          • yet they’re making a killing. isn’t that the most head-scratching bullshit

          • Indeed. I’m all for socialized healthcare but there would definitely be problems in the transition. A lot of people would be out of jobs and a lot of doctors would get screwed over in the process. The change would have to be made slowly so the transition could go as smoothly as possible.

        • People don’t realize the filth they ingest in their diet on a daily basis. I changed up my diet years ago and cut out a lot of crap. Probably one of the best changes I’ve made in my life.

    • JWG

      I echo your thankfulness, particularly as a(n alleged) ‘grown-up’ with a medical condition that severely impacted my childhood, but not my parents’ ability to financially support ongoing treatment.

      At least there are charity opportunities like this one to make a difference at a community level.

  • #ToiletOvSupport

    I know he will reach all the money he needs for his sweety.

    What a lovely pictures. This make my morning more bright.

    Thanks for sharing, Ed my friend <3

  • I’m totally all about this

  • KJM


    • The photo with her smiling and he drinking tea :’) that photo is precious.

      When I will have a child, I want to be like Johnatan Dick.

      Also, he’s a great writer, I’ve followed some Steel for Brains posts since Ed named them.

  • KJM

    I would’ve done it regardless, but I’m always happy to help out a fellow Rush fan.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’m not really up on Rush, but I know a few die hard members of our community are, and I have thought about discog-diving them sometime – like Prince, and like a million others artists, bands, and musical acts.

      • i will hold your hand during this process.

      • Dagon

        Do it. I wanted to dive into Prince (hehe) but I never got around doing so. I am very fond of Rush and I guarantee it’s worth a couple hundred listens.

      • The Beargod

        I can’t bring myself to like someone’s with so punchable face, music. No, actually Prince doesn’t have a punchable face, his face says “Throw a rock here!”. Now Rush in the other hand>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • KJM

        Fly By Night, Caress Of Steel, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, and Grace Under Pressure; my personal faves.

        • no Farewell to Kings, guy?

          • KJM

            Everything before Power Windows is worth it. I just have some I prefer over others. Cygnus X-1 and Xanadu are two of my favorite tracks.

          • yeah i can’t get into the 80s/90s stuff. Clockwork Angels has some good stuff doe

          • KJM

            The 00s were a better decade for Rush. Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows has good stuff.

          • Taylor Jong Un

            Power Windows is my favorite, actually.

          • KJM

            Wow, that’s a first.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I’m playing Grace Under Pressure now.

          • KJM

            Their last 4 star album IMO. I think it’s a great time capsule of life in Reagan-era America.

    • Tyree
      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Tyree you were the first person I thought of, lol

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles


  • I was thinking about this. Looks like Edward is my conscience made manifest.

  • OldMetalHead

    Ok. Done!

  • Dagon

    I posted the GY!BE stream to TovH:FB right when it landed and just realized I didnt listen to it yet hahaha.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’ve been down that road before as well.

  • As a father of two, I can certainly sympathize with Jonathan’s situation. The last thing a parent wants to see is their child fall victim to any life threatening illness or worse. I can most definitely spare $10 or more for this.

  • Thanks for writing this Ed. I’m glad the community can help out.

  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

    I just looked at the campaign page and saw a lot you flushers’ names. Well done, lads.

    • I’m still deciding whether to use my real name or RT

      • Why not both? 😉

        • That’s so gimmicky, I love it

          • Of course! There’s two warriors for the price of two!

            More warriors=more pogüer merol=more awesomeness=more jimmies rustled.

    • KJM

      As you may/may not have guessed, my nickname is my real initials.

      • JA!

        Noted 😛

        • KJM

          You can check my Twitter profile if you’re curious.

      • J.R.

        Initial names are best names

      • doxxed!

        • KJM

          I understand perfectly why many prefer to remain anonymous, but it doesn’t mean much to me.

  • RustyShackleford

    Cool to see this on the blog. Definitely deserving of our donations. As a dude who had a pretty shitty cancer treatment when he was real young, it sucks to see kids getting deprived of their lives before they even get a chance to live it. Thanks for sharing this! Donating now.


  • KJM

    Hopefully he’ll get to see Rush on this current tour as well. Music is powerful medicine.

  • Taylor Jong Un

    I’m popped until Friday, but I’ll see what I can scrounge up. I know not many people here are probably fans of The Chive, but I’d recommend talking to them about posting this one, since they do ALOT for charities. Especially ones that are more under the radar (rare and incurable diseases).

    • if it’s not an article about “girls with lower back problems”, i’m not going there. even THEN, it’s a little painful… like walking through poison gas to get a good piece of armor

      • Taylor Jong Un

        I donated a card for one of their charities. It was for a girl (who sadly has passed away in the meantime. It was already known that she was in her last days) who had an incurable heart defect. Past the fat ass guys in their basement wacking off to FHM-grade bikini pics and making comments about women that would make Steel Panther cringe, they do some pretty damn good charity work.

  • I’ll donate after I get paid, tomorrow.

  • JWG

    There’s a blank-but-required field on the amount processing form that doesn’t say what it’s for (the rest have that pre-fill grey text).

    Did any of you run into that, and what did you put in it to make it work?

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Hey JWG.

      When I made my donation I just entered the amount I wanted to donate and my information. Is it the dollar amount section?

      • JWG

        It’s an odd blank field next to the Country drop-down. It’s not city or province or postal code, though, because those are all below it. When I forget to click it, there’s a little red warning mark that appears on the field…

        …and it’s a moot point. It only claims to be ‘required’, but I can still click Next.

  • JWG

    After donating directly, myself, I wanted to mention this article on Facebook, but was concerned too many might dismiss it due to the site name. So I used the direct link instead, and didn’t add any comment.

    Since none of them know my Twitter handle, I could Quote/RT without censoring myself. So I did. And having done so I’ve also been spending time looking around for (and at) various formal and informal CD/PCD groups that set up in social media space (FB, Twitter, etc).

    More generally, I plan to add ‘PCD research’ to the list of medical charities to which I support annually. I, myself, prefer Canadian resources (like http://www.mayasmarch.com). But it seems like other countries have more smartly organized national-level collectives.

    US: http://www.pcdfoundation.org/
    UK: http://www.pcdsupport.org.uk/

  • I’ll definitely kick in a little. As a parent it’s horrifying to imagine stuff like this. I hope Jonathan’s daughter’s condition improves soon.

  • I’ve fallen very behind on everything in the music world; I just read and donated. Hope for the best for his little girl. Such a tough situation.