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Gift Guide: 'Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals' by Christopher Payne


I'm not sure which is scarier: a working asylum, filled with people who exist on this plane physically, but operate on another; or crumbling, decrepit asylums, many of which look as if the inhabitant left in a hurry. Photographer Christopher Payne makes a damn convincing argument for the latter with this photo book of long-abandoned mental hospitals. Payne covers 70 hospitals in 30 states, hospitals that were built as sanctuaries that, with time and policy change, have fallen into haunted monoliths across the American landscape.

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