Hubert's Freaks: the lost photos of Diane Arbus

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7 Responses to “Hubert's Freaks: the lost photos of Diane Arbus”

  1. numbone says:

    Fascinating material. Human, very human. I found the film portrayal with Nicole Kidman very well done:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0422295/

  2. idontwant2liveinoprahsworld says:

    Amazing. I just happened to purchase the Lenny Bruce box recently. Lenny did a routine (or “bit” as he called them)about being a kid in New York and talking his mother into taking him there because of his interest in (what he thought was) science.
    His bit ends up being a send up of the half-man half-woman at Huberts museum.
    I will be ordering this book ASAP.
    Pranksters everywhere should give Lenny a listen.

  3. Seedouble says:

    Check this out:
    http://www.soundportraits.org/on-air/the_jewish_giant/

    “The Jewish Giant began with Jenny’s search to uncover a story that has remained a secret for 25 years. Eddie was normal sized until he became a teenager, when he began to grow uncontrollably (he suffered from acromegaly, a then-incurable condition resulting from a tumor that had developed on his pituitary gland). According to The Guiness Book of World Records, Eddie grew to be 8’9″. As an adult, the only work he could find involved exploiting his freakishness. He starred in B-grade monster movies (The Brain that Wouldn’t Die), made two 45 records (“The Happy Giant” and “The Good Monster”) and was billed in the Ringling Brothers Circus at Madison Square Garden as “The Tallest Man on Earth.” Eddie died in 1972 at the age of 36 in Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. His coffin was custom made.

    The Jewish Giant is a story of suffering, of not fitting in, of the body betraying itself, and of the bizarre life-twists that can subsume a family. It’s a story about what it’s like to be a regular person looking at the world from inside a not-so-regular body.”

  4. Tenn says:

    Thanks Seedouble! Haven’t read it yet but it sounds interesting. I’ll never complain about topping out at 5’0 again.

  5. Seedouble says:

    Be sure to listen to the interviews!

  6. Robert Langmuir says:

    Dear Friend:
    Thanks for your enthusiastic remarks about the book Hubert’s Freaks. Can you please correct the spelling of my last name in your first paragraph. Otherwise the geneological angels won’t get credit.
    I sincerely hope you enjoy the book.
    Much Obliged.
    Robert

  7. David Pescovitz says:

    SEEDOUBLE, awesome link. Thanks so much!!!

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