Friday, November 30, 2012

Simon Winchester at Town Hall: Skulls

Skulls provided by The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Last night I went to Town Hall Seattle to hear Simon Winchester talk about his new book Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection. I found the subject fascinating.

The book describes the life's work of an ordinary man, Alan Dudley, who has amassed a significant collection of skulls at his bedroom in Coventry, England. You can read about the sensational aspects of Dudley's situation here.

In addition to the hardcover book, Touch Press has released an app for around $13.99 that allows a reader to zoom into each skull and rotate 360 degrees. The photographic detail is amazing, and for each skull you can also find out more information about its associated animal. It's really a glorious example of what's possible when you experiment with different mediums.

Simon Winchester describes the parts of the skull

I also had the opportunity to attend the reception that preceded the talk, which featured lovely conversations over brie, goat cheese, and wine, followed by a a short introduction to Winchester and a chance to get my book signed early. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these receptions at Town Hall, I highly recommend it.

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