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In 1930 Henry Darger moved into a second-floor room on 851 W. Webster Avenue in Chicago, where he lived a remarkably solitary life until his death in 1973. In that time he attended Catholic Mass almost daily and worked as a janitor but had very little human interaction. He did not listen to the radio or watch TV. Instead, he immersed himself in his self-created ‘Realms of the Unreal’: an over 15,000-page manuscript considered to be the longest written work of fiction and includes several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story in painstaking, morbid, beautiful and insane detail.
and I think to myself
what a wonderful world
Sober or drunk, it’s always you."