Songs from the Black Chair

Songs from the Black Chair

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by Charles Barber
     
 

Day after day, night after night, desperate men come to sit in the black chair next to Charles Barber’s desk in a basement office at Bellevue and tell of their travails, of prison and disease, of violence and the voices that plague them. Between the stories, amid the peeling paint, musty odor, and flickering fluorescent light of his office, Barber observes that…  See more details below

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Day after day, night after night, desperate men come to sit in the black chair next to Charles Barber’s desk in a basement office at Bellevue and tell of their travails, of prison and disease, of violence and the voices that plague them. Between the stories, amid the peeling paint, musty odor, and flickering fluorescent light of his office, Barber observes that this isn’t really where he is supposed to be and reveals his privileged youth in contrast to his own nightmare of mental illness. By relating these troubled lives to his own, Barber illuminates some of the most disturbing and enduring truths of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803204997
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
American Lives
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
572 KB

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Meet the Author

Charles Barber is an associate of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, Yale University School of Medicine.

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