Sandy Allen is an author and podcast host. Their first book, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, was published in 2008. They also host the podcast Mad Chat. Their essays and features have been published by Gay Magazine, Lit Hub, Guernica, Bon Appétit's Healthyish, the podcast 99% Invisible, Pop-Up Magazine, BuzzFeed News (where they were formerly a features editor) and them. (where they now write a column called Between the Binary).
Season 1 of Mad Chat concludes with the one and only Tracy Clayton (living legend and former co-host of “Another Round”), who joins Sandy to defend a problematic fave holiday—Halloween. Along the way they talk costumes, pitfalls of being open about anxiety and depression on Twitter, and how E.T. kinda just looked like a loaf of bread. SANDY’S NOTES: Here’s Tracy’s Sexy Steve Harvey costume and her Prince one; here’s my Log Lady Here’s Tracy’s tweet about the Sexy Steve Harvey costume and times when you don’t look as bad on social media as you’re actually feeling (if you’re curious, check out the whole thread, though as we say, there’s some heavy stuff) Here’s the awful Halloween display I saw on a front stoop in Brooklyn Speaking of gender and Halloween costumes, here’s my essay that touches on that topic, for them. Speaking of trying to not say words like “insane” and “crazy”, here’s my essay about that from Gay Magazine Speaking of apologies and how to give them, here was an excellent Still Processing episode Reminder that our third Mad Chat Book Club pick is We’ve Been to Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health, edited by L.D. Green and Kelechi Ubozoh. If you’re interested, pick up a copy and begin reading (it’s got numerous essays, articles, poems and so forth) and we’ll have our discussion sometime next year. I recommend it generally but especially if you’re looking for more points of view on madness/mental health written by people with first-hand experience. This is also an excellent resource (if you’re a mental health professional, for example) looking for more ‘data’ and ‘backup’ for the sorts of ideas you’ve been encountering on this podcast. This concludes Season 1! We’re taking and a break and will return with Season 2 next year! More exciting news hopefully forthcoming! Thanks for listening! If you love the show, please take some time to tell your friends/followers & rate/review us wherever you’re listening. The show is entirely independent for the time being and therefore entirely reliant on word of mouth. We appreciate your support! In the meantime, send us an email if you’ve got thoughts about what we’ve made so far, stuff you’d love to hear discussed on the future episodes, or just any question (and maybe someday we’ll answer it on the show). We’ll be on social media during the hiatus and maybe there’ll even be some surprises, so stay subscribed. Chat with you in 2020!
“Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!” [This episode contains the brief sound of gun shots at 1:36] Sandy and educator, technologist and activist Jonah Bossewitch ring in spooky season with a discussion of the cult classic film Donnie Darko. They talk about the portrayal of psychiatry (which includes hypnosis for some reason?) and whether all the movie's talk of time travel could be seen as a meditation on suicide.SANDY’S NOTES: 🎃🎃🎃 We’re still soliciting your spooky stories about mental health and Halloween. Have you encountered psychiatric patients/treatments used at haunted houses/as costumes/decorations etc.? Tell us your stories — send a minute-or-under voicemail to madchatshow at gmail. Buy and read We’ve Been Too Patient. Of course read our guest Jonah Bossewitch’s essay in it, an ethnography of the radical mental health movement called “Dangerous Gifts” (adapted from his dissertation). WBTP be the third Mad Chat Book Club pick so I encourage you to pick it up and check it out. We’ll have that conversation at some point in early 2020. Other resources / organizations Jonah mentioned during our chat: The Icarus Project The Institute for the Development of Human Arts or IDHA  NYC Respite Centers Piece up at Mad in America by Leah Harris on “The Rise of the Digital Asylum” I mentioned our episode about Six Feet Under with Hearing Voices movement activist Caroline Mazel-Carlton. I also mentioned our latest episode, with Yassir Lester, about Batman: The Animated Series. We briefly mention asylums; check out my new piece for 99 Percent Invisible, about asylums historically in America. Listen to my breb, which is frequently what’s helping me today. Tell us #whatshelpingtoday and Chris Ritter may illustrate your suggestion. Our final episode of Season 1 will be our Halloween Special on Halloween — with a very special guest. Chat with you again in *two* weeks. 
Today, there are more than a hundred abandoned asylums in the United States that, to many people, probably seem scary and imposing, but not so long ago they weren't seen as scary at all. Many of them were built part of a treatment regimen developed by a singular Philadelphia doctor named Thomas Story Kirkbride. Kirkbride was obsessed with architecture and how it could be harnessed therapeutically to cure people suffering from mental illness. The Kirkbride Plan
Halloween has a tendency to turn madness into a horror trope. We want to hear your most problematic Halloween/mental health stories! Email a voice memo (less than a minute pls!) to 
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