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Legend-Tripping OnlineSupernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat$
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Michael Kinsella

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739831

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.001.0001

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. Accounts of Past Happenings and the Challenge to Investigate

. Accounts of Past Happenings and the Challenge to Investigate

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Legend-Tripping Online

Michael Kinsella

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the Incunabula Papers and the legend-tripping performance that arose from their online circulation. It examines the two documents that comprise the Incunabula Papers as well as their exploration of supernatural legends and the mysticism of the mail art movement: Ong’s Hat: Gateway to the Dimensions! A Full Color Brochure for the Institute of Chaos Studies and the Moorish Science Ashram in Ong’s Hat, New Jersey, allegedly written by members of the Institute for Chaos Studies, and Incunabula: A Catalogue of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Curiosa—Conspiracy Theory, Frontier Science & Alternative Worlds, presumably written by Emory Cranston. Together, these two documents chronicle the conspiracy among several groups and organizations to either liberate or enslave man through the distribution or repression of technologies that enable travel to parallel worlds. The chapter also looks at three individuals who have significantly influenced the Incunabula Papers: Joseph Matheny, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Nick Herbert.

Keywords:   legend-tripping, Incunabula Papers, Ong’s Hat, mysticism, conspiracy, Joseph Matheny, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Nick Herbert, supernatural legends, mail art movement

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