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Welcome to the LCSNA’s blog, where you can read regular updates about Lewis Carroll’s influence on all aspects of life.  Please keep in mind that these posts are informational only; we do not endorse any link, statement or product cited below unless we specifically state that within the post.  Also, the bloggers do not speak for the LCSNA as a whole. We hope you’ll visit often to review the posts and add comments.

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Preview of Maggie Taylor’s Looking-Glass

Digital photomontagist Maggie Taylor’s Looking-Glass companion to her superb Wonderland, subject of Andrew Sellon’s glowing review in the Knight Letter (KL 81:43), will be available in March of 2018. The online photo-eye Gallery is showing six of her new images for sale, and the Catherine Couturier gallery in Houston has many others and will be hosting an exhibition from April 7- May 12 of her Looking-Glass work. One hundred limited editions will be printed, each including an 8 x 8 print of the cover image (left). To reserve one ($800), email gallery@catherinecouturier.com or call (713) 524-5070. A trade edition will be published by The University Press of Florida.

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What card should the Queen of Hearts be in a deck of cards?

This comes via Reddit’s r/crappydesign, the Comic Sans-loving subreddit devoted to horrifying style and engineering choices. User PingPongPresident found that “in the Disney Villains deck of playing cards, the Queen of Hearts is the three of Clubs.” Just, why?

All ways here you see, are the Three of Clubs’ way!

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C. L. Dodgson, Mathematician, Posters

The Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford has produced a set of six posters called “C. L. Dodgson, Oxford Mathematician,” which are available for free download and, presumably, printing. Here is the main outreach site, on which you’ll have to scroll down to “Charles Dodgson,” or simply go here to download the .pdf. They are designed for “AO” paper (33.1 by 46.8 inches; 118.9 x 84.1 cm) at full size, but of course you can print them up at any size you want. The posters were conceived by Robin Wilson, with the assistance of Raymond Flood, Dyrol Lumbard, and Edward Wakeling.

Thanks to Stuart Moskowitz for alerting us to these!

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Prestigious Awards to David Elliot’s Snark!

David Elliot’s  lavishly illustrated Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and its tragic aftermath, published by Otago University Press, has taken not one, but two of New Zealand’s most prominent Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Enthusiastically reviewed both on our blog and the Knight Letter (KL 98:43), where it also provided the cover illustration, the book has won both the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award  and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration for 2017, announced on Monday evening in Wellington.

Our sincerest congratulations to David, and our highest recommendation to all Carrollians to aquire a copy of this book! (You can get it from the distributors for the same price as on Amazon.)

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Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz

British artist Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz‘s 2011 exhibition I Have an Excellent Idea…..Let’s Change the Subject at the All Visual Arts Gallery in London has just come to our attention. His mashups involving Alice can be seen here. For a hearty laugh, do enjoy his dead-on satire of overblown “ArtSpeak.”

(Unless, Heaven forfend, he was serious?)

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Pirelli 2018 Calendar: Wonderland with All-Black Celebrity Cast

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Pirelli calendar for 2018 was styled by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, the first black man to helm a mainstream women’s fashion magazine, and shot by Tim Walker. Its stars include Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Ru Paul, who portrays the Queen of Hearts. Read more about it and its social implications in the Huffington Post, The New York Times, British Vogue, etc.

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Lacombe Looking-Glass

French illustrator Benjamin Lacombe, whose Wonderland (well, Alice au pays des merveilles) was enthusiastically reviewed by Adriana Peliano in Knight Letter 97, has completed the companion Looking-glass (Alice de l’autre côté du miroir), both published by Soleil Productions. You can buy it individually or boxed with his Wonderland. There is also a blank notebook with his Alice on the cover available. ISBNs:

  • 978-2302048478 – Wonderland
  • 978-2302055971 – Looking-glass
  • 978-2302059214 – boxed, combined
  • 978-2302058378 – notebook (“carnet“)

 

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Where to Stay in Japan

The Alice in Wonderland Room at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, of course. “The room interior, including the beds and other furniture, is designed with motifs of the Queen of Hearts, the Card Soldiers, the Cheshire Cat and other images from the [1951] Disney film.” Click here and scroll about halfway down the page.

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RIP Morton Cohen, 1921-2017

It is with great sadness we report that our beloved Morton Cohen passed away on June 12. A founding member of our Society, his contributions to Carrollian scholarship cannot be overstated, but a partial list follows. Morton Norton Cohen was born in Calgary, Canada, and grew up on the North Shore of Boston. He was educated at Tufts College and Columbia University, and became a Professor of English at City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well as teaching at West Virginia, Syracuse, and Rutgers Universities; a Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, and a member of the Royal Society of Literature. The Modern Language Association set up the biennial Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters in 1989. Aside from his books on Carroll, he also produced significant works on Rudyard Kipling and Rider Haggard. For many years, Dr. Cohen “triangulated,” as he called it, spending the academic year in New York, the summers in London, and whenever possible winter periods in Puerto Rico. His warm and genial presence at our meetings will be sorely missed.

The New York Times published an obituary online on July 4, a date that would please him (being the 155th anniversary of the boat trip up the Isis), written by Richard Sandomir, husband of our own Patt Griffin. The article appeared in print the next day.

Partial Bibliography

  • The Letters of Lewis Carroll, Oxford, 1979 (with Roger Lancelyn Green)
  • Lewis Carroll and the Kitchins, Argosy Bookstore, 1980
  • Lewis Carroll and the House of Macmillan, Cambridge , 1987
  • Lewis Carroll, Photographer of Children: Four Nude Studies, Clarkson N. Potter/Crown, 1988
  • Lewis Carroll: Interviews and Recollections, University of Iowa, 1989
  • Lewis Carroll: A Biography, Macmillan, 1995
  • Reflections in a Looking Glass: A Centennial Celebration of Lewis Carroll, Photographer, Aperture, 1998
  • Lewis Carroll and His Illustrators: Collaborations and Correspondence, 1865–1898, 2003 (with Edward Wakeling)
  • (His introductions to various books, and academic articles, are too voluminous to list.)
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Cosmic Kids Yoga

Leaving aside the ironies of a YouTube channel devoted to yoga and meditation, episodes of British personality Jaime’s popular channel “Cosmic Kids Yoga” takes on various themes (Star Wars, Frozen, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc.) to encourage children to practice spiritual disciplines. It was inevitable that one was based on Alice in Wonderland.

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