Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland


Get there early if you want a seat (trust me!)

This is a special Science Pub author event!

Skulls tells the story of the skull, in both the human and animal worlds. Skulls—human in the main, but by no means exclusively—have exerted for thousands of years an almost inexplicable power over the human imagination. They are symbols both of existence and of former existence; they are freighted with terror and awe; they tell of life, death, and the afterlife, of good and evil, of danger, authority and majesty. Perhaps no other biological entity retains such a grip on human psychology as does this assemblage of hollow bone, this thing of domes and socket and jaws and of mysterious interior passageways and canals. People are fascinated and captivated by skulls. They always have been, and always will be.

Simon Winchester, is the author of the bestselling The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, and a number of other books. In Skulls, Winchester presents a spellbinding visual exploration of an obsessive collector of what some may call the macabre—over 300 animal skulls, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.