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Alice’s Right Foot, Esq.

How can one resist? Well, it only comes in smaller adult sizes, for one. Its full name is “Vans Authentic Liberty Wonderland Skate Shoe.”  You may have to look around online or visit your local Vans dealer; Amazon lists it here.

Adriana Peliano’s Illustrated Wonderland and Looking-Glass

As many of us know, in addition to being the founder of the Sociedade Lewis Carroll do Brasil, Adriana Peliano is a genuinely talented artist. Her dreamy, “alicedelic” illustrations are collages based on colored Tenniels and the work of other creatives, often made kaleidoscopic, and full of puzzles and paradoxes. The two books are combined and have just been published in a handsome, colorful, luminous volume by Zahar in Brazil (the text is in Portuguese, of course).

The easiest thing to do is to order it by emailing Adriana. The book is US$29 and postage to the U.S. is about $11. She can do it through PayPal.*

Most highly recommended!

P.S. Yes, the cover just says Wonderland; if you flip the book over, Looking-glass is the back cover.

* Or you can order from the Livraria Cultura bookshop or the publisher, Zahar, if your Portuguese is up to it. Costs are roughly the same.

New Sharing Buttons Have Arrived on the Blog

Long awaited and highly sought after, the LCSNA now has sharing buttons sitewide!  You can now quickly share any page or article on the blog with any of your favorite social sites simply by clicking the buttons at the bottom of each page or post.  It’s as easy as that!  So let’s get sharing!

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Lavish Wonderland with 150 Illustrators!

An extraordinary edition of Wonderland is being published as a 150th Anniversary treat. Each page is illustrated by a different artist from around the globe! (There will be 150 pages, not so coincidentally.) The project, which benefits art instruction for Mongolian and Chinese children, is funded through Indegogo. Watch an introductory video here. The book will be released in December at a $99 price; the first 150 are $60, after that it will be $70, so haste is encouraged. The art is most impressive, and it’s for a very good cause. Click here!

A Little Light Marine Biology Reading for you Cheshire Cat Fans…

So did you know that biologists use characters from Carroll to describe biological phenomena?  I didn’t.  The Red Queen has been in use for some time, but now the Cheshire Cat has his turn, describing a phenomenon whereby a particular species of marine life ‘escapes’ from a hazardous environment – in this case one with a virus.  If you understand it all, please enlighten me 😉  From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

…These “Cheshire Cat” ecological dynamics release host evolution from pathogen pressure and thus can be seen as an opposite force to a classic “Red Queen” coevolutionary arms race. In E. huxleyi, this phenomenon can account for the fact that the selective balance is tilted toward the boom-and-bust scenario of optimization of both growth rates of calcifying E. huxleyi cells and infectivity of EhVs

Communicated by Paul G. Falkowski, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, August 6, 2008 (received for review June 9, 2008)

“Pamphlets Vol. 5: Games, Puzzles, and Related Pieces” Released!

We are very proud to announce volume five in our projected six-part series The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, whose goal has been to publish all of Carroll’s many pamphlets in uniform book editions by topic. Edited by Christopher Morgan, this volume gathers together and annotates all editions of Carroll’s game and puzzle pamphlets for the first time, and features the first publication in book form of Carroll’s little-known magazine columns devoted to his word games Doublets and Syzygies, which appeared in the British magazines Vanity Fair and The Lady and contain many fresh examples of Carroll’s wit. Also included are many previously unpublished letters from Carroll to friends and colleagues dealing with his puzzles and games.

Besides Doublets and Syzygies, the book also features Carroll’s board game Lanrick, Circular Billiards, Castle Croquet, a previously unknown Carroll puzzle called “String Wrapped Round a Cube,” Backgammon variations, Mirror Writing, Arithmetical Croquet, a Number Guessing Puzzle, and many others. There are also chapters on the legacy of Carroll’s puzzles, magic tricks he liked to perform, and modern-day puzzles inspired by his inventions.

Order from the University of Virginia Press here.

Gorgeous New Wonderland from Inky Parrot/Artists’ Choice

An extraordinarily handsome edition of Wonderland has been published by Inky Parrot/Artists’ Choice Editions in the UK. Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist, and a talented and worldwide group they are (Java, UK, Italy, Japan, Greece, US, Germany, Belgium). The edition is 340 Standard Copies, and 56 Special Copies with signed prints in a solander box. Afterword by LCS(UK) president Brian Sibley. Click here.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Mad Hatter’s Mashup Party”

mad hatter mashupSomething really cool is happening this month in honor of Alice 150 – a giant social, open source, public domain, digital publishing event all centered around Alice.  Sponsored by and hosted on Medium, a social writing platform created by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams.

This event invites anyone to publish their own digital version of Alice using public domain art or their own.  A dozen noted Carrollians – including our fearless leader Stephanie Lovett – will each annotate a chapter of Alice.  In addition, artists are also being commissioned to create new illustrations – more to follow.  For details on this and how to be a part of it, check out the event page and join the fun!  Medium have done some of the legwork already:

To help people get started, we are hosting the original text, formatted for Medium, which participants are free to copy and use to build their own digital editions. We have also gathered many public domain art works inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including the original illustrations accompanying the first edition by Sir John Tenniel, illustrations from Arthur Rackham, two silent black and white movie adaptations and other inspirations, which participants are free to use in addition to their own art.

Wall Street Journal Article on Alice 150 and Translations

Everyone is definitely jumping on the bandwagon for Alice’s 150th, including the Wall Street Journal.  Today’s issue features an article featuring discussion on all the various translations – including the upcoming work by Carrollian Jon Lindseth.  Check it out!

Interesting Article on Turing and Carroll

A Harvard professor has posted an interesting blog article about Alan Turing’s interactions with Carroll’s writings – both Wonderland and Logic.  Check it out here.