[ A Note: I have been somewhat hesitant to publish The Insane PDF on this website because many of the images in it are without source. Over the years, anticipating the creation of this book, I collected hundreds of "Insane Images". Unfortunately, I neglected to keep a file of where they all came from. To that end, if there is an image here that you gave good blood for and would either like attribution, or removed, let me know and I will be happy to do either.]
In the Fall of 1983, I was a teaching assistant for the course in Abnormal Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The course was taught by a garrulous old professor who had the improbable but appropriate name of Dr. Strange.
One of my duties during class was to set up an old Wollensak
These interviews were conducted in 1964 by a Dr. George Kisker to accompany his textbook, The Disorganized Personality. Of course, the textbook and classifications were far out of date, using the old, somewhat charming, DSM-I terminology. But the voices of those patients transcended categorization and quaint terminology.
Naturally, I found them fascinating and, at the semester’s end, asked Dr. Strange if I might borrow them and work on transcribing them; and transferring them to a more durable medium - the reel-to-reel tapes were brittle and often broke. So I took the tapes home and started listening to them a
Three years later, in 1986, Dr. Strange was dead, and I was living down in Manchaca, south of Austin. I had just bought a new tape deck and remembered my project of transferring the Insane Tapes - as I called them. While listening to them, I idly played the guitar and got the notion to write and record a few songs on top of and inside the spaces of the interviews. The
So now, twenty years on, perhaps just to appease the ghost of Dr. Strange, I figured to finally complete my project of transferring the tapes - this time into mp3 files on my computer. And likewise, also for a few private ghosts, I
I hope that my accompaniments and embellishments