Hello, let me introduce myself, my name is Gilles Trehin, I’m 28, I live in Cagnes sur Mer, near Nice, in south-east of France.

I’m told I have autism, some say I have Asperger’s syndrome (it’s very similar). Maybe it is the reason I have been drawing since the age of 5 and I have always been fascinated by big cities and aeroplanes.

In 1984, I started to be interested by the conception of an imaginary city called Urville. The name came from “Dumont d’Urville”, a scientific base, in a French territory of the Antarctic. Since then, I made many (200) drawings of Urville, and I wrote a historical, geographical, cultural and economic description. I also have a book project, called “Urville Sightseeing Tour” that I’d love to publish. My greatest pleasure is to be invited to give a lecture on Urville because I can make it exist!

The Wisconsin Medical Society has a profile of Gilles including a writeup of Urville.

(via Boing Boing)

Hippo Eats Dwarf


I’ve been a big fan of Alex Boese’s The Museum of Hoaxes for a long time so I was thrilled when Alex sent me an email asking if I would like a review copy of his new book, “Hippo Eats Dwarf”.(Free book? Hell yeah!)

I just finished reading it last night and it’s a great read if you are like me and love all the fascinating stories you find on the internet or in newspapers and are curious as to if they are true or not.