Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit--some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were... show more
Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit--some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels readers to examine the imaginative origins of both art and science. Illustrations.
Publish date: November 26th 1996
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
, Natural History
, Art History
Somewhere between a Sotheby's catalog and a bizarre issue of McSweeney's, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder is . . . well, a cabinet of wonder. If Devo, They Might Be Giants, and Talking Heads all ate way too much turkey, then had a collective dream set in a museum, this is the book they'd write. It's...
Ebook, read via Open Library here.From the book jacket:"A nondescript storefront operation in Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Jurassic Technology actually exists - that may be the only thing about it that is for certain. The creation of David Wilson, a man of prodigiously unusual imagination,...
So, you’re waiting at a bus stop in Culver City when you notice an odd little shop (just, you know, stuck in among the zinnias?) and mosey on in. You could be forgiven if you thought for a moment that you might have dropped into a story from the White Hart or one of Joseph Jorkens’ club yarns. But...
A very interesting read. I half thought the whole place was a hoax until I was able to go there myself. Still it felt a little cheap going there because I had read the book. I just ended up viewing the whole experience in a detached kind of way. Anyway, I recommend the book.
An original and interesting book about museums and the sense of wonder; how are things presented by authoritative collections, what do we want to gather together, what did and still does blow minds? Short (100 small pages) and written with a real talent for fun. Wechsler keeps coming up with memorab...