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by Lawrence Weschler


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.

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.

Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit-some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of. . 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 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.

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Even among museums, it branches from the specific Mr. Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology to include all museums.

Mr. Wilson has an exhibit that features African stink ants that have been made crazed by a tree spore which causes them to climb up vines and blades of grass and die while the spore creates a horn-like appendage from their forehead, aimed at dropping more spores on more ants. There's also a sculpture of Pope John Paul II made out of a wad of hair, so small that it can fit into the eye of a needle. Even among museums, it branches from the specific Mr.

Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology is a book by Lawrence Weschler primarily about the Museum of Jurassic Technology and, more broadly, the history and role of museums. The book is divided into two sections, called Inhaling the Spore and Cerebral Growth. Inhaling the Spore focuses on the Museum of Jurassic Technology itself

In Culver City, California, David Wilson operates The Museum of Jurassic Technology. Its purpose is to reawaken our sense of wonder. Weschler leads the reader through a fascinating history of museums of natural science and the "Cabinets of Wonder" that preceded them.

In Culver City, California, David Wilson operates The Museum of Jurassic Technology. There, the visitor learns that the breath of a duck will cure children of fungal infections of the mouth, and that bedwetting is curable by "eating a mouse on toast, fur and all". A precursor can be found in the September, 1994 Harper's Magazine, and there is a WWW page for the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Publication information. Lawrence Weschler was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies.

Finalist for Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. 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.

Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels.

Finalist for Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction 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.

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.

MR. WILSON'S CABINET OF WONDER: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Techno logy epub download

ISBN13: 978-0679439981

ISBN: 0679439986

Author: Lawrence Weschler

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (October 10, 1995)

Pages: 163 pages

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Bodwyn
I went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology a few months ago, and immediately fell in love. I didn't understand much, but was fascinated by every exhibit. When I found out there was a book about it, I had to have it. Weschler does a great job tracing the history of the museum, similar museums, and trying to uncover the mysteries behind the MJT's curator. The book can be a little longwinded at times, and I'm not a fan of the footnote system (they should have been footnoted on the actual page, rather than making the reader flip to the end of the book and find the page number). Still, the book is entertaining and informative. It ruins a bit of the magic of the museum by providing answers/background to some of the exhibits, but I hope this will only amplify my curiosity on my next visit.
Bodwyn
I went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology a few months ago, and immediately fell in love. I didn't understand much, but was fascinated by every exhibit. When I found out there was a book about it, I had to have it. Weschler does a great job tracing the history of the museum, similar museums, and trying to uncover the mysteries behind the MJT's curator. The book can be a little longwinded at times, and I'm not a fan of the footnote system (they should have been footnoted on the actual page, rather than making the reader flip to the end of the book and find the page number). Still, the book is entertaining and informative. It ruins a bit of the magic of the museum by providing answers/background to some of the exhibits, but I hope this will only amplify my curiosity on my next visit.
Felolune
This odd little book celebrates the odd little Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) in Los Angeles. Really, the book celebrates wonder itself.

I have not been to the MJT, but this book has certainly put it on the itinerary of my next trip to LA. Presenting itself as a natural history museum, the MJT features meticulously detailed exhibits that may or may not pertain to "real" phenomena. The pronged ant of the title, for example, may be unknown to science under the name Megolaponera Foetens but, as Wechsler discovers, its odd life history is perfectly plausible: a large ant, and the only one that produces a cry audible to humans, normally forages on the forest floor; however, after ingesting the spore of a fungus, it climbs upward and then waits to die as the fungus consumes its body from the inside, finally generating a spike about an inch long from the place where the ant's head was, which distributes spores downward, to be breathed by other Megolaponera Foetens.

The book (and, presumably, the MJT) makes you think about the purpose of museums, and whether the relative "truth" of things that astonish you matters.

In other words, since reality routinely trumps imagination, why quibble?
Felolune
This odd little book celebrates the odd little Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) in Los Angeles. Really, the book celebrates wonder itself.

I have not been to the MJT, but this book has certainly put it on the itinerary of my next trip to LA. Presenting itself as a natural history museum, the MJT features meticulously detailed exhibits that may or may not pertain to "real" phenomena. The pronged ant of the title, for example, may be unknown to science under the name Megolaponera Foetens but, as Wechsler discovers, its odd life history is perfectly plausible: a large ant, and the only one that produces a cry audible to humans, normally forages on the forest floor; however, after ingesting the spore of a fungus, it climbs upward and then waits to die as the fungus consumes its body from the inside, finally generating a spike about an inch long from the place where the ant's head was, which distributes spores downward, to be breathed by other Megolaponera Foetens.

The book (and, presumably, the MJT) makes you think about the purpose of museums, and whether the relative "truth" of things that astonish you matters.

In other words, since reality routinely trumps imagination, why quibble?
Beydar
Let me start by saying that this book is excellent. Though readers might be a bit confused to begin with, if you stay with this novel it is absolutely worth it. This was required reading for one of my classes, otherwise I would have never even known to pick it up on my own spare time. I am extremely glad I had the opportunity to read this book, even as a person who normally does not read non-fiction. The book is extremely well written and delightfully entertaining. I recommend it to everyone.
Beydar
Let me start by saying that this book is excellent. Though readers might be a bit confused to begin with, if you stay with this novel it is absolutely worth it. This was required reading for one of my classes, otherwise I would have never even known to pick it up on my own spare time. I am extremely glad I had the opportunity to read this book, even as a person who normally does not read non-fiction. The book is extremely well written and delightfully entertaining. I recommend it to everyone.
Umge
I read this book after visiting the beautiful and strange Museum of Jurassic Technology. I was first discomfited to find that the Museum's wonders could be -- how could they be? -- frauds and hoaxes. I was at first crushed and a little annoyed at Mr Weschler's seeming cynicism-- unlike me, he had apparently rushed immediately out to fact-check the exhibits' provenance, and gleefully points out how most visitors had been hoodwinked. However, Mr Weschler moves from simple cynicism to a greater appreciation of the Museum's gnomic aims, and the reader moves with him from everyday disbelief and sour disgruntlement to a rapturous awe. A magnificent book, and a worthy addition to study of the Lower Jurassic.
Umge
I read this book after visiting the beautiful and strange Museum of Jurassic Technology. I was first discomfited to find that the Museum's wonders could be -- how could they be? -- frauds and hoaxes. I was at first crushed and a little annoyed at Mr Weschler's seeming cynicism-- unlike me, he had apparently rushed immediately out to fact-check the exhibits' provenance, and gleefully points out how most visitors had been hoodwinked. However, Mr Weschler moves from simple cynicism to a greater appreciation of the Museum's gnomic aims, and the reader moves with him from everyday disbelief and sour disgruntlement to a rapturous awe. A magnificent book, and a worthy addition to study of the Lower Jurassic.
Snake Rocking
I found out about the Museum of Jurassic Technology from Egg the Art Show, which did a segment about the museum. I was intrigued, and very much wanted to visit. I later stumbled across this book and read it, and last week, finally got to visit the museum itself. I think the book gives a good overview of David Wilson's work of art, for that is what this museum is, and presents it very fairly, balancing wonder and skepticism. It's a very interesting book about a very interesting museum, a place for the insatiably curious. Read the book! Go see the museum!
Snake Rocking
I found out about the Museum of Jurassic Technology from Egg the Art Show, which did a segment about the museum. I was intrigued, and very much wanted to visit. I later stumbled across this book and read it, and last week, finally got to visit the museum itself. I think the book gives a good overview of David Wilson's work of art, for that is what this museum is, and presents it very fairly, balancing wonder and skepticism. It's a very interesting book about a very interesting museum, a place for the insatiably curious. Read the book! Go see the museum!
Malaunitly
I was led to this book through a StumbleUpon the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Besides an in depth look at the museum - no details, there's too much fun to spoil - the author also looks at the phenomenon of collecting, especially during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.

The author is a compelling writer with a great sense of absurdity. It was easy to see why the book, although slim, was nominated for literary prizes.

Readers who enjoy Nick Bantock The Museum at Purgatory (Byzantium Book),Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence and Barbara Hodgeson The Tattooed Map: A Novel,The Sensualist: An Illustrated Novel, will revel in this non-fiction sidebar to collecting and museums
Malaunitly
I was led to this book through a StumbleUpon the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Besides an in depth look at the museum - no details, there's too much fun to spoil - the author also looks at the phenomenon of collecting, especially during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.

The author is a compelling writer with a great sense of absurdity. It was easy to see why the book, although slim, was nominated for literary prizes.

Readers who enjoy Nick Bantock The Museum at Purgatory (Byzantium Book),Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence and Barbara Hodgeson The Tattooed Map: A Novel,The Sensualist: An Illustrated Novel, will revel in this non-fiction sidebar to collecting and museums
Whitebeard
A look at the purpose of museums- specifically the unconventional Museum of Jurassic Technology. A very exciting and thought provoking read! Funny, informative and surprising! Historical examples help to form an understanding of how museums have evolved and poses the question what should they become.
Whitebeard
A look at the purpose of museums- specifically the unconventional Museum of Jurassic Technology. A very exciting and thought provoking read! Funny, informative and surprising! Historical examples help to form an understanding of how museums have evolved and poses the question what should they become.
Weschler's book takes its reader through the Museum of Jurassic Technology and inspires curiosity, wonder, confusion and disbelief. This presentation of David Wilson's museum mirrors the real experience of visiting the MJT and presents questions about the role of museums in today's (and yesterday's) society. It confronts the MJT's blurring the line between fact and fiction while celebrating Wilson's brilliant social, philisophical, and museological challenge. You'll learn things you never knew and have fun reading this wonder-filled book!
Weschler's book takes its reader through the Museum of Jurassic Technology and inspires curiosity, wonder, confusion and disbelief. This presentation of David Wilson's museum mirrors the real experience of visiting the MJT and presents questions about the role of museums in today's (and yesterday's) society. It confronts the MJT's blurring the line between fact and fiction while celebrating Wilson's brilliant social, philisophical, and museological challenge. You'll learn things you never knew and have fun reading this wonder-filled book!