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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology

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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, the museum is crammed full of some of the most astonishingly unbelievable marvels known to man. Visitors to the museum continually find themselves caught between wondering at the marvels of craft and nature that are on display and wondering whether any of this could possibly be true. Indeed, Wilson's true subject seems to be wonder itself, the delicious human capacity for astonishment and absorption out of which all true creativity arises. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder begins as a simple investigation of the tiny storefront in southern California and spirals out into a consideration of the origins of all modern museums in the wonder-cabinets of the sixteenth century, the generative role of pure imagination in both art and science, the mystifying bases of the authoritative in every field, and, not least, the actual existence and profound significance of human horns.

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"A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes." Kirkus Reviews

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"[L]anguage that is both whimsical, affectionate and generously laced with irony." Washington Post Book World

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"[M]iraculous...charmingly provocative book." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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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.

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lisa_emily, April 26, 2007 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
I visited the MJT during my only trip to LA. It spellbounded me, and I bought the book in hopes of continuing the delight and strangeness of the place. It is a good substitute, but not as good as the real place. Reading it, I realised that Weschler will never fully uncover the mystery of MJT, but his attempts lead him to a more provocative space. Reading this book, you start to think about some about tangential questions: how to we categorize what we think we know, and what is the basis of knowledge. If we see information institutionalized, as in a setting of a museum, isn't faith that allows us to believe that such a thing is real? MJT may approach being something like a genuis hoax, but Weschler's book is no hoax.
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ISBN:
9780679764892
Author:
Weschler, Lawrence
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Desserts
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Museums
Subject:
Collectors and collecting -- History.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
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Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Museums -- Philosophy.
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History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19961131
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTOS and ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.00x5.32x.56 in. .49 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes."
"Review" by , "[L]anguage that is both whimsical, affectionate and generously laced with irony."
"Review" by , "[M]iraculous...charmingly provocative book."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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