Colin Dickey In Conversation with Caitlin Doughty about THE UNIDENTIFIED via Zoom (7/21)
Colin Dickey, author of THE UNIDENTIFIED: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained (Viking), will be in conversation with Caitlin Doughty at a virtual event hosted by Community Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY) via Zoom on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 pm (ET).
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. THE UNIDENTIFIED is Dickey at his best: curious, wry, brilliant in his analysis, yet eminently readable.
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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