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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Dec 14, 2023

Henry Darger is one of the most profitable outsider artists out there. Unfortunately he didn’t reap the benefit of that while he was alive, spending much of it in abject poverty. He was compelled to make and write art during the time he was not working as a janitor or dishwasher. His artwork dealt with themes of child abuse and violence, subjects very familiar with Darger when he was put in an asylum at the age of 12. Strange Country cohost Beth with special pinch (or pitch) hitter Terry discuss this artist and why work gets recognition after they’re gone.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands.


Pogrebin, Robin. “A Henry Darger Dispute: Who Inherits the Rights to a Loner's Genius? (Published 2022).” The New York Times, 8 February 2022, Accessed 13 December 2023.