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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder

Weschler, Lawrence

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ISBN 10: 0679439986 / ISBN 13: 9780679439981
Published by Pantheon Books, 1995
Hardcover
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New York. 1995. Pantheon Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 36. 164 pages. October 1995. hardcover. Jacket paintng - 'Credenza Curiosa', Opificio delle Pietre Dure. 0679439986. keywords:. inventory # 21695. FROM THE PUBLISHER - 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, Wilsonís true subject seems to be wonder itself, the delicious human capacity for astonishment and absorption out of which all true creativity arises. MR. WILSONíS 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. . Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 21695

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Title: Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder

Publisher: Pantheon Books

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Writing with great style and humor, Weschler guides the readers through the Museum of Jurassic Technology and through the mind of its curator, David Wilson, a man of unusual imagination who mounts exhibits such as spore-inhaling ants, bats deploying ultraviolet frequencies, peach-pit carvings, and other exhibits that seem the manifest definition of bizarre. Illustrations.

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In the non-Aristotelian, non-Euclidean, non-Newtonian space between the walls of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles exist bats that can fly through lead barriers, spore-ingesting pronged ants, elaborate theories of memory, and a host of other off-kilter scientific oddities that challenge the traditional notions of truth and fiction. Lawrence Weschler's book, expanded from an article for Harper's, is, at turns, a tour of the museum, a profile of its founder and curator, David Wilson, and a meditation on the role of imagination and authority in all museums, in science and in life. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder is an exquisite piece of "magic realist nonfiction" that will prove utterly captivating.

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