Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat Review for Fortean Times

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As is the custom with “conspiracy/paranormal” types, this article tells you to dismiss the “Ong’s Hat” project (the subject of the book) as “a post modern art project” and a “prank”. I was thinking the other day about this kind of attitude and recalled someone once expressing disappointment that Incunabula: Ong’s Hat was JUST ART, which was pronounced with a dismissive sneer. Are you as puzzled and even slightly disturbed as I am by the statement and/or attitude that something is MERELY ART ? Well, each to his/her own I guess.

Anyway, here’s the review, for what it’s worth.  It’s the first “sort of negative” review  of “Legend Tripping” I’ve seen to date and mostly the  reviewer just wants to snark on Ong’s Hat.

Of course, this is a review from a non-academic source, by a non-academic conspiranoia type,  about an academic subject, so the expectation bar should be low to begin with. 😀

I remember the days when Fortean Times was a publication with a healthy skeptical bent,  but like so many other institutions, it seems to have been overrun by “believers”, who of course will expend a lot of energy and spittle protesting such an accusation.

pdficon_largeFortean-Times – June-2012-Ongs-Hat

 

2 thoughts on “Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat Review for Fortean Times”

  1. My exact response, which is as crude as the article is ‘ gee, he had a hard-on for Ong’s Hat’. Which only makes you more curious, imo.

    1. He actually does me a service, although unintentionally I’m sure. He warns off the “believers”. The very kind of people I want to stay FAR, FAR AWAY from me and my work. Academics, game historians, players and artists will (and have) shown that they get it. The fact that the crypto-xian/crypto-fascist pit of vipers that is the “conspiraparanoia” milieu are put off is not a surprise and also aligns with my desire that they be put off and stay away. They are buzzkillers.

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