Kanye West is on a roll. After an off-air rant in support of President Trump at his SNL appearance earlier this month, he went on to meet with the president himself at the White House last week. Instead of a dialogue, however, Trump found himself upstaged when Kanye launched into an impassioned 10-minute monologue.
Can an article from 2015 be just as relevant today as it was two years ago?
Some movies feature the abandoned psychiatric hospital, in which characters roam the halls amid piles of tattered, dirty gowns, overturned chairs, and all manner of medical tools that doctors used to "treat" patients suffering from mental illness. The "abandoned psych hospital" in pop culture seems to imply that it's a thing of the past. Yes, psych hospitals may have once existed, and patients suffering from mental illness may have been mistreated in the past, but that was then, and this is now.
This story comes courtesy of the Huffington Post, which describes the dire situation of a 43-year-old socialite from Texas who was recently sentenced by a judge to 14 years in prison for trading and shipping child pornography. Law enforcement discovered a "massive cache" of child porn, as HuffPo puts it - 4,000 images on the hard drive of her computer, collected over 13 years of daily downloading while the woman's husband was at work.
That's the question asked by the photographer Trent Bell, whose childhood friend was sentenced to 30-plus years in the cage, as described in Joe Berkowitz's piece for Fast Company. Cast as advice convicts would give their younger selves, Berkowitz's post and Bell's photographs illuminate the state of mind of one who may never have imagined getting locked up for a crime.