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August 09, 2009


I'm busy with a job that requires me to sleep every night in a giant 19th century former insane asylum. (Long story.) So I'll be barely here for a while longer, but thanks to Bernard, John, Nell and Aaron you should not go unentertained.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at August 9, 2009 06:15 PM

Work release program?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 9, 2009 08:16 PM

Please, please, please tell me you're writing the book for a Broadway musical called Titicut Follies.

Posted by: SteveB at August 9, 2009 10:27 PM

I've been doing that for the last 3 years (seriously).

Just to clarify - I've been living in the old nurses quarters. Most of the crazy people areas have been demolished... other than the section taken over by archaeologists (Irony... and to repeat myself - seriously. Although they're using it for admin not research.)

Posted by: Twisted_Colour at August 10, 2009 03:40 AM

Would this be by any chance be McLean Hospital? And is the project in any way connected with Susanna Kaysen, James Taylor or Robert Lowell?

Posted by: En Ming Hee at August 10, 2009 05:41 AM

Former? Somebody screwed up.

Posted by: drip at August 10, 2009 06:40 AM

Mr. Schwarz, somehow I suspect that the 'long story' to which you allude is quite interesting. I hope one day you will share it.

Posted by: Phillip Allen at August 10, 2009 08:35 AM

You have to sleep in Chicago?

Posted by: Oarwell at August 10, 2009 10:37 AM

McLean is still a functioning mental hospital, so that rules it out.

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at August 10, 2009 04:10 PM

I thought Oarwell was suggesting that the City of Chicago is itself a giant 19th century former insane asylum. It works for me, except the 'former' part.

Posted by: Phillip Allen at August 10, 2009 11:27 PM