Alice’s Wonderland in the New Yorker

“Alice’s Wonderland” is the perfect title for Rebecca Mead’s article in the June 17 issue of The New Yorker, (the full text of which is only available in the print edition or to subscribers.) The article is about WalMart founder Sam Walton’s daughter, Alice Walton, who has built a wonderland of an art museum in the Ozarks.

We also just noticed another great Carroll reference in the May 16 issue. In Anthony Lane’s wonderful profile of Pixar Animation Studios, The Fun Factory, he muses about the unreality of their digital methods:

What needs to be emphasized is that none of this exists. [...]
But there are no lenses, or none that you can hold in your palm. They are purely options on a toolbar, and you scroll between them. To someone from the outside world, we must have sounded like Alice and the White King, talking about an empty road. “To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too!” the King remarks.

UPDATE: If you didn’t see the comment below, Ann Buki found even more:

There is another reference to Alice in the June 13th & 20th New Yorker. It is in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Trading Stories: Notes from an Apprenticeship. This is on page 80: “Like the labels on the cakes and bottles that Alice discovered underground, the essential gift of my award was that it spoke to me in the imperative; for the first time, a voice in my head said, ‘Do this.’”

 

2 comments to Alice’s Wonderland in the New Yorker

  • Ann Buki

    Hello,

    Thanks for your great blog! There is another reference to Alice in the June 13th & 20th New Yorker. It is in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Trading Stories-Notes from an Apprenticeship.” This is on page 80: “Like the labels on the cakes and bottles that Alice discovered underground, the essential gift of my award was that it spoke to me in the imperative; for the first time, a voice in my head said, “Do this.”

    Ann

  • Thanks Ann, I added it to the body of the post.