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*(Thanks to hosts Ted Enik and Wythe Marschall for writing the site copy!)

Mark Dery at the Cornelia Street Observatory

"Saber wounds of the head." Found online. Public domain.
When Apr 29, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where The Cornelia Street Observatory, Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014. WEBSITE LINK.
Contact Name Ted Enik
Contact Phone 212.989.9319

“The Cornelia Street Observatory (located downstairs in the Cornelia St. Cafe) in New York welcomes author and cultural critic Mark Dery for an event for his new book, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dreams, American Dread, on Sunday, April 29th, at 6:00 PM.

Mark will be presenting “The Pathological Sublime and The Anatomical Unconscious.” Celebrating the publication of his essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams cultural critic and cult author Mark Dery will lecture–with unforgettable slides–on the hallucinatory Crypt of the Cappuchin monks in Rome, the uncanny wax mannequins at La Specola in Florence, and the 19th-century Chinese artist Lam Qua’s paintings of patients with eye-poppingly bizarre tumors, which so fascinated Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. that he wrote an article exhorting all “worshippers of morbid anatomy” to see the paintings, a textbook example of what Holmes called “the pathological sublime.”

Join Mark for a dark ride through the Pathological Sublime and the Anatomical Unconscious, and pick up a copy of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, the book Boing Boing called “an intellectual journey through our darkest desires and strangest inclinations.”

This event is part of is part of the Cornelia Street Observatory’s series THE BODY AS FUNHOUSE MIRROR: Cultural Reflections on the Human Form. Tickets are $10. Please RSVP to 212.989.9319.

Click here for a press release.


From the cultural critic Wired called “provocative and cuttingly humorous” comes a viciously funny, joltingly insightful collection of drive-by critiques of contemporary America where chaos is the new normal. Exploring the darkest corners of the national psyche and the nethermost regions of the self, Dery makes sense of the cultural dynamics of the American madhouse early in the twenty-first century.

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"Superior Half of Diseased Brain." Found online. Public domain.

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