Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow

Shana’s blog reminded me of a book I read (fiction based on a true story) of the Collyer brothers. They lived in a mansion on 5th Avenue and were champion hoarders. One brother had gone blind and was wholly dependent on the other. When found dead, one of a fall, the other of starvation, the house was literally stuffed with newspapers, cars, pianos, furniture, clothes, etc., much of it gathered off the streets of the city. (In a strange twist, they conserved quite a bit of energy, as they often refused to pay their electric bill.) I don’t remember how many tons of stuff was removed from the house but it was impressive.

Hard to tell who’s crazier, the Collyers or No Impact Man.


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