'Dr Rosenhan' is an illustrated short, telling the story of renowned psychiatrist David Rosenhanwho was able to demonstrate in his famous social experiment that the medical approach to abnormality is wholly unreliable.He was part of the anti-psychiatry movement who fiercely criticised the medical model during the 1960s.I illustrated this experiment because I think it’s brilliant and I wanted more people to know about it.(artist statement)
Inns to Die For: America’s Hotels with Haunting Histories
There are American inns thought to be haunted from the Red Garter, a former bar and bordello in Williams, Arizona, where an old call girl — Evie — is said to lurk, to the Historic Farnsworth House in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which is thought to be crowded with the ghosts of Confederate solders and those who cared for them. But few sites in stand out in macabre hotel lore like the Lizzie Borden House.
The 31-year-old Lizzie Borden was arrested for killing her father and stepmother — Andrew and Abby Borden — in their Fall River, Massachusetts home in 1892. The two were murdered in a manner similar to the Moores and their guests: thrashed in the head with repeated hits from a hatchet.
In another example of provocative photography combating the pervasiveness of street harassment, Rachel Graves’ Menagerie depicts the English photographer made up as animals that correspond to the words lobbed her way by men in public spaces, such as “bird,” “fox,” and “bitch.”
Meet Ham, the first primate in space! He took off on a suborbital space flight on January 31, 1961, preceding the USSR’s Yuri Gagarin into space by two and a half months.
His name stands for Holloman Aerospace Medical center, the Air Force base where he completed his training and mission prep. Of course, he was far from the only animal trained for the space program on either side of the Iron Curtain. NASA has written up an extensive history of animal astronauts (not all of it good, I’m afraid).
Check out this super-interesting, and slightly uncomfortable, 1961 newsreel film about Ham: Trailblazer in Space.
Ham lived, presumably happily (but maybe not), until 1983, when he died at the National Zoo and North Carolina Zoo. His remains were buried at the International Space Hall of Fame to commemorate his service to manned space flight. Way to go, little man.
Grandmother’s knickknacks vanish, and other things take roost.
Paint is stripped from the walls to reveal the wallpaper and cracked plaster beneath.
The familiar things seem spectral.
And the unfamiliar things look more at home than you do.
Speaking of movies, this is basically Inuit Beowulf.
It was written, produced, directed, and acted entirely by Inuit people. I think a lot of people might be interested in Medieval Inuit art and literature, and this is a pretty great example.
You can watch and download the entire trilogy here for free (but donate if you can!!!); Atanarjuat is the first film and takes place around 1000 A.D.-ish. It also won a LOT of awards. Keep in mind: it’s entirely in Inuktitut, with English subtitles.
The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the 60 finalists in their 11th annual photo contest. They’ve kindly allowed me to share several of these images here, including some great shots from each of the competition’s six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile, a new category this year. Be sure to visit the contest page at Smithsonian.com to see all the finalists, and vote in the Reader’s Choice Awards as well.
Rudy’s Library in Monowi, Nebraska – one of the many soul-warming photographs in Robert Dawson’s visual love letter to public libraries:
The entire population of this town consists of one woman, Elsie Eller. It is the only incorporated municipality in the United States with such a demographic. She acts as mayor and runs the only business in town, a local roadhouse. Over the years she watched all the other town residents move or pass away. When her husband, Rudy Eller, died in 2004, she became the town’s last resident. Because Rudy had collected so many books, she decided to open Rudy’s lLIbrary in a small shed next to her home. This memorial to Rudy is free and open to all. Patrons can check out books by signing a notebook. A wooden sign in the corner simply states “Rudy’s Dream.”
More such treats here.