Inpatient Cosmology

Written zine about the bureaucratic frustrations of psychiatric institutionalisation. Fiction. Inspired by The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise by Georges Perec. One issue. June 2016.

Cover of Inpatient Cosmology
Detail from Inpatient Cosmology. Text reads:
"Having given in to interminable tedium you sigh from the very depths of your soul and rise like a phoenix from the ashes of your plastic-mattressed bed possessed as you are by a sense of hope and an absence of expectation.

Your quest today as it is every day is to capture the heart of the nurse on duty and persuade her using all the lovability and charisma you can muster to discharge you from the hospital so you go to the desk where the nurse ought to be (it is always the same nurse even when it is a different one) and here we come to a point of uncertainty in the future of humanity in general, a deviation in the course of collective sapient reality whose outcome may one day cause or prevent the eventual death of society: either the nurse is at her desk or the nurse is not at her desk."