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Defoe and the Distance to Utopia

- January 25, 2017 in Books, captain singleton, daniel defoe, Featured Articles, gulliver's travellers, jonathan swift, Literature, new atlantis, robinson crusoe, thomas more, utopia

In the wake of recent shifts in the political landscape and, what has been for many, a distinct turn to a more dystopian hue, J.H. Pearl looks to the works of Daniel Defoe and the lessons they can teach us about bringing utopia home.

Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments

- July 15, 2015 in athanasius kircher, cat piano, cats, Culture & History, Featured Articles, francis bacon, imaginary instruments, J.J. Grandville, Music, new atlantis, Science & Medicine, utopias

Deirdre Loughridge and Thomas Patteson, curators of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, explore the wonderful history of made-up musical contraptions, including a piano comprised of yelping cats and Francis Bacon's 17th-century vision of experimental sound manipulation.