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Paradise Lust: Brook Wilensky-Lanford on the Search for the Garden of Eden

Join author, Brook Wilensky-Lanford, for an illustrated lecture examining the maps of modern Eden seekers searching for that spot where mythology and cartography meet.

Where on earth was the Garden of Eden? It might seem that the search would go extinct after Darwin taught us that humanity was not created in one fell swoop at a single place on the globe. But as author Brook Wilensky-Lanford reveals in her book Paradise Lust, an ongoing parade of eccentric seekers have drawn their own maps to Eden well into the twenty-first century.  

William Warren, the first president of Boston University, declared in 1881 that Eden had been at the North Pole, before God flooded and froze it. Tse Tsan Tai, a Hong Kong entrepreneur, believed his Outer Mongolian Eden could bring about world peace in 1914. And in the 1950s, a libertarian politician opened a public park on the site of his Florida Panhandle Eden. 

Brook Wilensky-Lanford is the author of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden, and an editor of the online literary magazine Killing the Buddha. She lives in the Garden State.


This is part of the “Atlas Obscura Speakers” series of talks at Observatory, 543 Union Street (at Nevins), Brooklyn, NY 11215. 543 Union Street is the large red brick building on right. Go right on Nevins and left down the alley through large black gates. Gallery is the second door on the left. Enter Observatory via Proteus Gowanus Gallery.


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