Titicut Follies: A Notorious Documentary

screen cap of YouTube Titticut Follies video

Several years ago I finally got the chance to watch a documentary that had been in my thoughts for a long time. It was Titicut Follies, which the renowned filmmaker Frederick Wiseman shot in Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts in 1967. I had heard that Titicut Follies included gruesome and horrifying scenes of the abuse of mentally ill…

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The Case of the Boxing Kangaroo

I’ll be posting sparingly over the next week or two, but I wanted to let you know about a contributing gig I now have with the wonderful history blog Wonders and Marvels. (I covered Wonders and Marvels last month here when I wrote about four top history blogs.) My first post for Wonders and Marvels is about the…

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