“Robert told me, ‘It doesn’t matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in Led Zeppelin, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special.’" - Jason Bonham
Key Midwestern Gothic tropes: endless fields stretching out to the horizon, location-based alienation, strange sounds and lights coming from the woods outside of town, harsh winters, tiny towns where everyone knows everyone else’s business, churches with blazing light in the dark and signs proclaiming the end of the world, bodies buried in backyards where they will never be found, and the neverending feeling that something is very wrong.
Sources for midwestern gothic (movies, tv shows, music, books) can be found under the cut. Feel free to message us with any questions, additions, or reactions after you’ve read/watched/listened to some of these:
The abandoned Pilgrim Psychiatric Center on Long Island, New York was built during World War II and treated almost 14,000 patients during its time. Due to major overcrowding, they begin to send patients out into the land where they would put the patients to work, farming in a relaxed setting on what was then rural Long Island. The new state hospitals were dubbed “farm colonies” because of their live-and-work treatment programs and emphasis on agriculture. These areas also eventually became too crowded.
During the 1950′s, more aggressive treatments, such as lobotomy and electro-convulsivetherapy (ECT) were implemented. The best-known controversy about this surrounded the case of Beulah Jones, a patient there between 1952 and 1972 who received both such treatments and was left seriously impaired. However, Pilgrim State Hospital and the other state hospitals began to decline shortly afterward with the advent of pharmaceutical alternatives to institutionalization
The incomparable Terri Hardin, Disney Imagineer, sculptress, puppeteer, and creator (she designed the “Foster Farm” chickens), will be our special guest at this year’s Red Dot Auction, a fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Friday night, May 5th, at the Red Dot Preview, she will be live sculpting an homage to Jones’s “What’s Opera, Doc?” For Saturday night at the Main Event, she’s designed and will be folding these hysterical Fortune Tellers. Or do you call them “Cootie Catchers”?