"The heroin user is a bad boy," opens a paragraph in a book entitled We Can't All Be Sane! by my late great-uncle William H. Kupper. We Can't All Be Sane! is a wacky book with chapters like "How Malaria is Used as a Cure for Brain Syphilis" or "Dope, Suicide and Firebugs," and "Sex and Mental Breakdowns." This book is full of the mumblings a 1950s America under the spell of a post war come down of denial, sexual deviance, repression, and pill popping housewives – and wowza what a page turner!
Text and photography by Oliver Maxwell Kupper