Virtual Event: Colin Dickey

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 5:00pm

The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained Cover Image

Join us on Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00pm PDT as Colin Dickey discusses his new book, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with The Unexplained on Zoom.

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About The Unidentified

America’s favorite cultural historian and author of Ghostland takes a tour of the country’s most persistent “unexplained” phenomena

In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational—in fringe—is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on. It seems the more our maps of the known world get filled in, the more we crave mysterious locations full of strange creatures.

Enter Colin Dickey, Cultural Historian and Tour Guide of the Weird. With the same curiosity and insight that made Ghostland a hit with readers and critics, Colin looks at what all fringe beliefs have in common, explaining that today’s Illuminati is yesterday’s Flat Earth: the attempt to find meaning in a world stripped of wonder. Dickey visits the wacky sites of America’s wildest fringe beliefs—from the famed Mount Shasta where the ancient race (or extra-terrestrials, or possibly both, depending on who you ask) called Lemurians are said to roam, to the museum containing the last remaining “evidence” of the great Kentucky Meat Shower—investigating how these theories come about, why they take hold, and why as Americans we keep inventing and re-inventing them decade after decade. The Unidentified is Colin Dickey at his best: curious, wry, brilliant in his analysis, yet eminently readable.

 

About the Author

Colin Dickey is a writer, speaker, and academic, and has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He's a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham's Quarterly, and is the co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world's relationship with mortality. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.

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The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525557562
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Published: Viking - July 21st, 2020

America's favorite cultural historian and author of Ghostland takes a tour of the country's most persistent "unexplained" phenomena


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Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

One of NPR’s Great Reads of 2016

“A lively assemblage and smart analysis of dozens of haunting stories…absorbing…[and] intellectually intriguing.” —The New York Times Book Review


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