‘Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder’

A friend told me once that they liked “weird museums.” Since I think I want to open a weird museum someday, I asked her: “Such as?”

“The Museum of Jurassic Technology,” she said.

“What?”

“You can’t really tell what’s true and what’s not. And they serve tea!”

I looked at the MJT’s website (mjt.org) and was pretty mystified. There’s something about Noah’s Ark, and some mysterious exhibit titles (“No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again: Letters to Mt. Wilson Observatory
1915-1935
“) but little idea of where the “Jurassic” comes in.

Eventually I found my way to Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, by Lawrence Weschler. Weschler first published his account of the MJT in Harper’s and that essay forms the first half of this volume, “Inhaling the Spore.” Continue reading “‘Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder’”