Alice and Puns and Rock’n’Roll

Alice and the Graceful White Rabbit is a thorough, fun, and mostly faithful retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. But Carroll’s Victorian language and all references to British culture are gone. Written in contemporary English, this new version embeds, with varying degrees of subtlety, several hundred references to the songs and artists that make up the history of rock and roll (ponder the title for a moment!) from the 1950s through 2015. The book was written by the ever delightful, very punny John Langdon, but its Kickstarter campaign sadly fell short of its goal. He writes:

“Now, before I close this project down completely, I’d like to offer all of you an opportunity to purchase a signed and inscribed copy of the readers’ edition of Alice and the Graceful White Rabbit at a very reasonable price. The price will depend on how many of you want to buy a copy, but it will not exceed $15, including shipping, and could be less. It’s a 6” x 9”, 189-page softcover book. Unfortunately, there are no illustrations. I will be creating a new front cover.

“I will wait until the end of April to see how many requests I get before I place my order with the printer. My cost will depend on how many I order. Once I’ve placed the order I can let you know what the price of your copy will be, and I’ll ask for your payment at that point. And I’ll have a projected delivery date, as well.”

Any fan of wordplay (and/or rock’n’roll) would be delighted with this book. Will Shortz himself called it “amusing.”

Contact John at wordplay@johnLangdon.net.

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Spring Meeting in SF Viewable on YouTube

The wonderful Spring 2017 meeting at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library was kindly recorded by their staff and posted to their YouTube channel. The talks are:

 

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Dmitry Yermolovich’s Russian Looking-Glass

Poet/scholar Dmitry Yermolovich’s fine translation into Russian of The Hunting of the Snark and Other Tales (Охота на Угада и прочие странные истории) came out in November of 2014, and exactly a year later, Приключения Алисы в Стране чудес, his translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a bilingual edition enhanced with his own delightful, colorful illustrations. The companion Through the Looking Glass (Путешествие в Зазеркалье и что там обнаружила Алиса) has now been published. The illustrations can be viewed here; the publisher’s page (на русском) here; and it can be easily ordered for $25 through eBay here.

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Down the Rabbit Tunnel

Newfoundland book artist Tara Bryan has produced a new letterpress edition of her “tunnel book” Down the Rabbit Hole (one looks down through the tunnel to read snippets of the text). It comes in a clamshell box that includes a pamphlet book of Chapter One. Originally issued in an edition of 40 in 2005, this new 150th anniversary edition is made with different materials, the museum board is laser-cut, and the pamphlet book is new. Click here for a better view, and here for bibliographic and purchasing information. Edition of 60; $600.

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Reading Matter

Librerías Gandhi, one of the largest chains of bookstores in Mexico, commissioned an ad campaign in 2011 (sorry, we just found it) from Ogilvy & Mather, México. The tag line was “Find Your Book,” and it consisted of three digitally produced scenes, each featuring a different literary character reading a book. Gregor Samsa was reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, Little Red Riding Hood Steppenwolf, and to see what Alice was reading, click here.

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Alice au pays des comics

Urban Comics in France has published Alice au pays des comics, a French translation of Craig Yoe & Mark Burstein’s Alice in Comicland, a compendium of Carrollian comic book stories from 1901 to 1960. ISBN: 978-2365776769.

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Slick Acappella “White Rabbit” Graces Us

Grace Slick’s amazing vocal track to “White Rabbit” has surfaced, sans accompaniment. It’s a little echo-ey and there are 31 seconds of silence before it starts, but it’s well worth a listen. Feed your head here.

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Foundwaves Musical Alice

Foundwaves, a nonprofit global music website, put together a very fun project to celebrate the 150th anniversary by assigning different chapters of Alice to specific bands all over the world and asking them to write a song inspired by it. There is new artwork as well, and one can read the original text too. (Being Carrollian, chapters are listed in reverse order.) Click here!

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What the Tortoise Said to Achilles

Our partners in crime across the pond have published a new text on Carroll’s 1895 paper What the Tortoise Said to Achilles.  This special edition of The Carrollian contains the original plus five new articles on this classic philosophical logic paper.  Get yours directly from The Lewis Carroll Society today!  Check out the preview here.

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Spring Meeting Announced!!

Our 2017 Spring Meeting will be in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area on the weekend of March 31 – April 2. The full-day Saturday meeting with be at the state-of-the-art Koret Auditorium (left) of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, followed by a reception at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Speakers and presentations comprise a particularly fascinating lineup: click here for the complete program and all related matters (transportation, accommodations, meals, advance reservations, etc.). On Sunday, a trip to the Wine Country is in order, visiting the renowned Burstein Collection in Petaluma (right, although Alice is Photoshopped, not painted). Start making plans and reservations right away!

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