Sunday, September 30th: Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden

Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
$12 in advance

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.

This illustrated talks examines the maps of these and other modern Eden seekers, searching for that spot where mythology and cartography meet.

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