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JONATHAN WILLIAMS: SANTA SHRINK

December 23, 2010

BlackBook magazine asked Jonathan Williams to illustrate a bittersweet holiday memoir from Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors. "Growing up," writes Burroughs, "I was aware that other families had rituals. In my family, the only ritual occurred each fall when my mother suffered a psychotic breakdown and had to be hospitalized.” 

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“In would come the psychiatrist, a man who dressed like Santa Claus year-round. He would put her in the passenger seat of his old Buick and drive her to a distant motel where he would then medicate and 'talk' her through the 'episode'…”

 

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