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Museum of Lost Wonder

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The Museum of Lost Wonder is a book with a mission, simply stated: To illuminate life's mysteries. The execution is nearly indescribable. Think McSweeney's production values and design pyrotechnics. Think traditional esoteric symbols in a childhood garden of wonder. Think graphic novel and an adult version of the coolest activity book ever made. And you'll be somewhere in ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Weiser Books
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Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jeff: Hey, Forrest, whattup?

Forrest: Jeff. Good to meet you. I've heard a lot about . . .

J: Wanna see something funny?

F: Yyyyeah . . . sure . . .

J: I've got this really funny joke about sex.

F: There are kids around.

J: Where did they come from.

F: You drove up in an ice cream truck. Of course they're going to flock around you.

J: Okay, okay. So there's this penis that . . .

F: Dude! Children! (points to the kiddies)

J: What?

F: Audience, man. You've got an audience. You shouldn't be telling jokes l
Jan 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for The Museum of Lost Wonder, by Jeff Hoke. Beautiful volume--all the elegance, color, and quality paper of a coffee table book, but small enough to actually use. And the title sounded like there would be some fun creative explorations.

The museum format is clever; each topic is encapsulated in a room. Each room is presided over by a Muse, and has a latin name, and a cut-out model to build yourself, and a Gnomon comic, and a lot of short pieces of pithy commentary. It was, indee
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great for young teens or adults, one can tell early on that Jeff Hoke has a strong background in metaphysical doctrines of the ages. No wonder, for he was a student at Exeter. The book is outlined by the alchemical process and throws in quantum physics that would make Michio Kaku proud, myth and folklore Joseph Campbell would love, and enough underlying esoteric concepts any student of the Western Mystery Tradition or Eastern paths would (should) instantly recognize. All this is done simply by s ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is basically a rainy day activity book of Esotericism. It's wordy, a bit stuffy and self-important, but fascinating and a good loosening to the astral sphincter.

I basically just studied each of the seven rooms throughout the week and read the lesson, and did the though experiment. I withheld from taking out the fold-out curious, as I may regift it.

There's nothing quite like it, other than Alan Moore's eventual "Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic".

This is the perfect kind of gift for a
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What do you think of when you hear the word museum? Do you see glass encased exhibits with little tags of text beside various artifacts? Can you hear someone complaining about the loud whispers that can be heard? Can you feel the boredom setting in?

The Museum of Lost Wonder is an example of a completely different kind of museum. The pages of this book lead the reader on a journey of exploration and freedom of thought. Instead of stuffy scientific displays, this museum encourages the visitor to
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, kids-lit
I liked the whimsical premise of this book and would love to try building some of the awesome models it includes (unfortunately the copy I read was from the library). Some of the more new age-y parts of it get a little over-convoluted and I had a hard time in some places telling whether it was intended for adult or child audiences, but I liked the larger themes of wonder and creativity that it explores and I think using a museum of the framing device with beautiful illustrations was unique and c ...more
Marjorie Elwood
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could, I'd give it a 4.5. This is a visually stunning, wide-reaching book that discusses philosophies, religions, science, and wonder, and asks you to participate by making models, trying different mind-bending exercises, and by asking questions. The author's irreverent history of museums and his take on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits are both hysterical.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
alchemy. be your own crucible.
Suzy Ruskin
Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Just plain weird.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
While the concept and illustrations are bizarre and thrilling, I've read better explanations for the unusual concepts the book describes. It's also just to weird to be taken seriously all together.
Dec 30, 2009 marked it as to-read
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