Curiosa, Crankery, Hoaxes, Cultural & Intellectual Arcana:
Selected Web Guide & Bibliography
by Ralph Dumain
Brain Pickings – An
inventory of the meaningful life by Maria Popova
libraries by Claire Preston
by Thomas Browne (1684)
Mysteries of Nature and Art by
of a Hollow Earth by Peter
Paradise Found, the
Cradle of the Human Race at the North Pole – a Study of the
by William Fairfield Warren (1885)
beaüty, and Volapük
by Arika Okrent
Haeckel and the Unity of Culture
by Mario A. Di Gregorio
in the Year 2000
to a Higher Plane by Ian Stewart
Benjamin’s Public (Oeuvre)
by Anca Pusca
Collins: The Literary Detective
Literary Detective (blog)
Stubble (old blog, superseded)
Athanasius Kircher Society: "all things wondrous, curious, and esoteric"
by Mark Frauenfelder, February 9, 2006
Athanasius Kircher Society Resurfaces
Kircher Society YouTube videos
Kircher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Atlas Obscura |
Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations
Wunderkammern, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer
wwwunderkammer by Carla Gannis | Sedition
Cabinet of Wonders
Jonathan Gray, 30 August, 2009
Christ's Sake, Who'll Help Me Out of this Skin!?
Justin E. H. Smith, 3 Quarks Daily, June 23, 2008
The Museum of Interesting Things
Museum of Hoaxes
LILEKS (James) :: Institute
of Official Cheer
The Museum Of Jurassic
American Visionary Art
The Museum Of
Bad Art (MOBA)
The Best in
(Annual survey of awarded museum, heritage and conservation projects)
of Broken Relationships
The Ueless Web
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and Democracy, # 42 (Volume 20,
No. 3): Science fiction
Saucers Are Real! The US Navy, Unidentified Flying Objects, and the
National Security State By
Robert P. Horstemeier
country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bibliography by Douglas Adams
Literature: the Bibliography by
Ken Ruthven (Jacket 17 — June 2002 | # 17)
(pp. 1-24) by Ken Ruthven
The Imaginary Museum (blog), October 24, 2009
Discoveries, by Kevin O'Neill,
MOSTLY (NOT) ON MCSWEENEY'S! blog, July 21, 2009
Interesting for bibliophiles,
connoisseurs of curiosa, fans of Jorge Luis Borges (with a quote from
R. Dumain on Borges)
The Hall of Ma'at
(Weighing the Evidence for Alternative History)
Voyage of Discovery
(1820) by Adam Seaborn
India to the Planet Mars
(1900) by Théodore Flournoy; tr. Daniel B. Vermilye
C. Symmes' Hollow Earth Writings
The Hollow Earth: Fact or
Fiction? (illustration) @ Symzonia.com
A bibliography of literature on the Hollow Earth, subterr, anean
worlds, worlds beyond the poles, the Secret World, the centre of the
Earth, the earth's interior, the hollow globe, Symzonia, Geo-Kosmos and
the cellular kosmology.
and Symzonia on Josh Reeves Show (audio)
The Symzonia Review
Magonia Archive (UFO
lore. 99 issues: 1970-2009)
Complaint by Terry Castle, with
response by Sonu Shamdasani
London Review of Books,
Vol. 18 No. 10 · 23 May 1996, pp. 3-7
Martian by Daniel Rosenberg
Issue 1, Invented Languages, Winter 2000/01
Great Moon Hoax of 1835 By R. J.
The 1835 Great Moon Hoax (Odd History) (video)
Walk 1835: Was Neil Armstrong Really the First Man on the Moon?
by Richard Adams Locke, edited by C. W. Tazewell
Times the Alternate History eZine
and Musings (blog)
Playing With Technology in History
April 29-30, 2010, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
On this site:
Beyond Deduction and
Induction: Towards Perfect Truth According to Edgar Allen Poe
’Pataphysics by Alfred
Wright’s Outsider, Negroes & Flying Saucers
Passport to Magonia (Contents & Preface, 1969) by Jacques Vallee
Jarry’s “How to Construct a Time
Machine”: A Web Guide
Edward Page Mitchell
(1852-1927), Science Fiction Pioneer: Time Travel, Hegel, and More
Mouton: 19th Century Science Fiction Pioneer
Enrique Gaspar y
— The First Time Machine
par Giuseppe Lipparini
Science Humor & Parody: Select Bibliography
Fiction & Utopia Research Resources: A
Selective Work in Progress
Mathematical Fiction & Related Works: A Guide
Martin Gardner, Mathematical Games, & the Fourth Dimension
Black Music & the
American Surrealists: A Bibliography
Selected Study Materials on the Web
Universal Languages, 1600-1800, and Related Themes: Selected
Intellectual Life in Society,
Conventional and Unconventional: A Bibliography in Progress
Borges, Jorge Luis. The
Book of Imaginary Beings,
with Margarita Guerrero; rev., enl., and translated by Norman Thomas di
Giovanni in collaboration with the author. New York: Dutton, 1969.
Book of Imaginary Beings, with
Margarita Guerrero; translated by Andrew Hurley; illustrated by Peter
Sís. New York: Viking, 2005.
Collins, Paul. Banvard's
Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck.
New York: Picador USA, 2001. Publisher
Fritze, Ronald H. Invented
Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-religions.
London: Reaktion Books, 2009.
Gardner, Martin. Fads
and Fallacies in the Name of Science.
New York, Dover Publications, 1957. (Revised & expanded edition
of In the Name of Science,
Henry, Victor. Antinomies
(Le langage martien). Paris: Félix Alcan, 1896.
Manguel, Alberto; Guadalupi,
Gianni. The Dictionary of
Imaginary Places, illustrated by
Graham Greenfield,with additional illustrations by Eric Beddows, maps
and charts by James Cook. Newly updated and expanded. New York:
Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The
Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe,
ed. Harold Beaver. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1976. See
Towards Perfect Truth According to Edgar Allan Poe.
Ruthven, K. K. Faking
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Stableford, Brian The
Dictionary of Science Fiction Places,
illustrations by Jeff White. New York: Wonderland Press, 1999.
of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence,
edited by Etzel Cardeña, Steven Jay Lynn, & Stanley
Krippner. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2000.
Yaguello, Marina. Lunatic
Lovers of Language: Imaginary Languages and Their Inventors;
translated by Catherine Slater. (Fous
du langage) London: Athlone
Press; Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1991.
You Can’t Learn Collecting Esoteric Books
by Andrea Richards, February 2010 (VOL. 8, NO. 2)
on the Influence of Artaud [full
text] by Rick Moody, June 2009 (VOL. 7, NO. 5)
Bök interviewed by
Jonathan Ball, June 2009 (VOL. 7, NO. 5)
Chapel on the Moon by Michael
Schulman, June 2009 (VOL. 7, NO. 5)
Octagon by John Adamian, May
2009 (VOL. 7, NO. 4)
Crowley interviewed by Ed Halter
[full text], May 2009 (VOL. 7, NO. 4)
of the Spurned Hippie by Steven
G. Kellman, March/April 2009 (VOL. 7, NO. 3)
"Among the small body of American movies filmed in foreign languages is
a horror film starring William Shatner—shot entirely in
by Adam Thirlwell, October 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 8)
On Adorno, Shoenberg, multilingualism & the novel.
by Jason Boog, October 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 8)
Henry Ford of Literature [full
text] by Rolf Potts, September 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 7)
On Emanuel Haldeman-Julius & the "Little Blue Books".
See also in same issue: "Schema: Little Blue Books" by Chris Ying.
[full text] by Paul Collins, September 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 7)
"Picketing The Eightieth Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee".
Dawkins interviewed by Troy
Jollimore, September 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 7)
Violet Notebook by Sam Stark,
February 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 2)
" Karl Marx, before he became Karl Marx, wrote sonnets, ballads, and a
novel about a constipated dog."
Cloud in Pants by Michael
Almereyda, February 2008 (VOL. 6, NO. 2)
On Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Book for the Millions by Paul
Collins, November/December 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 9)
Choice [full text] by Rachel
Aviv, October 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 8)
"Can Freud's theory of dreams hold up against modern neuroscience?"
Banality of Comedy by Philip
Oltermann, October 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 8)
Your Newsstand Guy by Gustavo
Turner, September 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 7)
"The best introduction to Borges may be a comedian under several pounds
of latex on ’80s Argentine TV."
Currie, Jr.’s God is
[full text] reviewed by Andrew Ervin, September 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 7)
Official Guide to Official Handbooks
[full text] by Andy Selsberg, August 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 6)
[full text] by Paul Collins, June/July 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 5)
"A hit-making keyboard made of 8-track car stereos? Meet rock's rarest
Or Stones?” by John
McMillian, June/July 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 5)
Codex Seraphinianus [full text]
by Justin Taylor, May 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 4 )
"What do Borges, the entire history of scientific illustration, and
Breton’s attempts to introduce a new letter to the French
alphabet have in common?"
Comes (and Comes and Comes) to the Quantum Physicist
by Rivka Ricky Galchen, May 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 4 )
‘ "Many worlds" theorist Hugh Everett III believed that a cat
could be both dead and alive. He was also a radical realist.’
Dance of Hands by Rod
O’Connor, April 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 3)
‘ The theory, practice, and spectacle of the game of
“rock paper scissors.”’
[full text] by Paul Collins, April 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 3)
Savage Detective by Rodrigo
Fresán, March 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 2)
On Roberto Bolaño.
- “Schema: A
Compendium of Kircherian Inventions” by Joshua Foer, March
2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 2)
[full text] by Rachel Aviv, February 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 1)
"Uncovering the ultimate hypocrisy of public speaking."
Brain by Chris Bachelder,
February 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 1)
"Is fiction a science, or an illusion?"
Volume I, A-E reviewed by Rick
Moody, February 2007 (VOL. 5, NO. 1)
Theater of Memory: A Cheap Facsimile of an Old Monastic Trick
by Alex Wright, November 2006 (VOL. 4, NO. 9)
Evidence of Things Unseen: The Sweet Gloom of Writers’ House
Museums by Anne Trubek, October
2006 (VOL. 4, NO. 8)
issue, September 2006 (VOL. 4,
NO. 7). Includes full-text articles:
issue, June/July 2006 (VOL. 4,
Review of Here &
Elsewhere: The Collected Fiction of Kenneth Burke
reviewed by Dan Johnson, April 2006 (VOL. 4, NO. 3)
Us Now Gaze, Famous Men by Paul
Collins, December 2005/January 2006 (VOL. 3, NO. 10)
"A guide to rare books about the death masks of historic luminaries,
and books about what happens to their disinterred corpses."
People’s Bookmarks: Fellow Wanderers of a Forgotten Republic
by Michael Atkinson, November 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 9)
H. Gass interviewed by Stephen
Schenkenberg [full text], November 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 9)
Hatchet Man by Paul Collins,
October 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 8)
Need Heart-Touching, Soul-Penetrating Stories!
[full text] by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, September 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 7)
On the ideology of the self-help book industry, from ancient times to
Donnelly, Prince of Cranks by J.
M. Tyree, August 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 6)
issue, June/July 2005 (VOL. 3,
Conlangers’ Art by
Annalee Newitz, May 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 4)
See also: "Schema: Build Your Own Conlang" by Annalee Newitz (not
Of Monsters by Dorna Khazeni,
May 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 4)
On H.P. Lovecraft.
Martin interviewed by Meghan Daum
[full text], May 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 4)
Bailly interviewed by Josh
Fischel, April 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 3)
The National Spelling Bee’s official pronouncer shares a few
of his favorite words.
by Lou Anders [full text], April 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 3)
Crazy by Tom Bligh, March 2005
(VOL. 3, NO. 2)
On MegoCon 2004, a convention for action-figure aficionados.
Grene interviewed by Benjamin
Cohen [full text], March 2005 (VOL. 3, NO. 2)
Lost Symphony [full text] by
Paul Collins, November 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 11)
Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
by Luc Sante, November 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 11)
[full text] by Kevin Moffett, November 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 11)
Writing on amusement parks.
Wilson interviewed by Miles
Marshall Lewis [full text], November 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 11)
There Be Darkness [full text] by
William Giraldi, October 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 10)
"In defense of depressing literature."
P. Lovecraft: Against Nature, Against Life
by Michel Houellebecq, October 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 10)
Soldier Upon a Hard Campaign
[full text], by Chris Bachelder, October 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 10)
On "Upton Sinclair’s astonishing deployment of exclamation
points", et al.
Bell interviewed by Matthew
Derby [full text], October 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 10)
On the history of real vampires.
Meyer interviewed by Eric
Spitznagel [full text], September 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 9)
"The Simpsons’ silent architect remembers a time when hobos
were hilarious and cynicism was on the way out."
Futurist Banquet by Manuel
Gonzales and Mark Binelli, August 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 8)
"A meal of manifestos concocted with the irascible help of The Futurist
of the Minnesota Normals [full
text] by Annie Murphy Paul, August 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 8)
Origins of the totalitarian personality testing industry.
Frank interviewed by Margaret
Wappler [full text], August 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 8)
El Ingenioso Hidalgo
[full text] by Natasha Wimmer, July 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 7)
On Don Quixote & translation.
the Penthouse of the Ivory Tower
[full text] by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, July 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 7)
Report on a Modern Language Association conference & the
academic English profession.
Žižek interviewed by Dianna
Dilworth [full text], July 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 7)
issue, June 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 6)
Calls with Nonsense [full text]
by Stephen Burt, May 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 5)
A map of contemporary American poetry.
and Your Dumb Friends [full
text] by Paul Collins, March 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 2)
"What we might glean from the autobiographies of animals and the
memoirs of inanimate objects."
Davis interviewed by Joshuah
Bearman [full text], February 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 1)
Search of Jim Crow [full text]
by Robert Christgau, February 2004 (VOL. 2, NO. 1)
On studies of 19th-century minstrelsy.
Hyperauthor! by Michael
Atkinson, December 2003/January 2004 (VOL. 1, NO. 9)
"An investigation of one fake Japanese poet and the protracted
devolution of the literary hoax."
Cellular Apocalypse by Carl
Elliott, December 2003/January 2004 (VOL. 1, NO. 9)
"Our transhuman future is full of genetically enhanced promise, but
will it also bring the obsolescence of meaning?"
Last Great Problem [full text]
by Jordan Ellenberg, November 2003 (VOL. 1, NO. 8)
"The unsolved mysteries of twentieth-century math have become the new
Himalayas of culture . . . "
Hates New York [full text] by
Gustav Peebles, November 2003 (VOL. 1, NO. 8)
On Christian utopian socialism vs urban capitalism in the TV show Smallville.
Hundred Years of Loneliness by
Francis M. Nevins, November 2003 (VOL. 1, NO. 8)
"On the rediscovery of noir-progenitor Cornell Woolrich. . ."
[full text] by Kevin Moffett, October 2003 (VOL. 1, NO. 7)
"An autodidact fritters away a used-bookstore summer with a tattered
copy of Donald Barthelme’s reading list."
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