Tom MacWright

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Tom MacWright

I read Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology by Lawrence Weschler on

Review

The style of this book is peak New Yorker voice. I read it after visiting the MJT, which I enjoyed greatly. I’m a fan, though I feel like it falls into the New Yorker trap of being too focused on the individual - we learn about Wilson’s family, upbringing, habits, personality - but not enough about the ideas that he’s trying to share. After all, this is a book about a relatively unique type of museum trying to send a message, and it would be interesting to also hear how this message is received and how it changes over the years.

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