Alice Wins Ice Sculpture Contest!

Was there any doubt? The voting to determine Central Park’s most beloved statue was won by the de Creeft Alice sculpture, of course, and will be carved in ice on February 13 as part of the Ice Festival.


LCSNA Spring Meeting!

Make your travel plans, put in for personal days, block off your calendars! The Spring LCSNA meeting will be April 14 through 17, in the Baltimore/Washington area. We are being treated to a mini-conference by the member/collector/scholar families who live there: the Imholtzes, the Crandalls, and the Schaefer/Salinses. Highlights include events at the Library of Congress; the landmark Imholtz exhibition at the U of Maryland; hearing from Ellie Schaefer-Salins, Diane Waggoner, Michael Dirda, and George Walker; and an exhibition of Disneyana mounted by the Crandalls. We will also be welcomed to these members’ homes for social events each day. Don’t miss this opportunity for more of the kind of learning, inspiration, and camaraderie you enjoyed–or wish you had–in New York last fall! Members should look for your meeting notice to arrive via email/snail mail in early March, and nonmembers can check the LCSNA website to register then as well. Looking forward to being with the Carroll community soon!

Vote for Alice in Ice!

Vote for Central Park’s most beloved statue!
This Valentine’s Day weekend, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures!
Central Park Ice Festival
Saturday, February 13: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Naumburg Bandshell (Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets)

Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most iconic statues. As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs, all to celebrate Central Park Conservancy’s preservation efforts.

But which of four iconic Central Park statues will be carved? Vote here. For Alice, of course! (Anyone can vote, whether or not you plan on attending the festival.)

Whilst we’re on the topic, pick up one or both of G. A. Mudge’s fine books on the topic: Alice in Central Park: Statues in Wonderland and/or Two Alice Statues in Central Park [website on the way; currently available at Barnes & Noble or via email from Fotobs Books at].

Chris Morgan Puzzles the Rosenbach This Thursday

Our own Christopher Morgan, editor of the Puzzles and Games volume of our Pamphlets series and the newly crowned editor of the Knight Letter, will be speaking about Carroll’s puzzles and games at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia this Thursday evening, January 21. Click here for more information. It is part of the Rosenbach’s ongoing “Down the Rabbit Hole” celebration of Alice150. Many more events are listed throughout April.

The Cheshire Cat Galaxy Group

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory released this image on November 23, 2015, of a group of galaxies nicknamed the Cheshire Cat. Some of the features of the “cat” are distant galaxies whose light has been stretched and bent by gravitational lensing, an indication of large amounts of mass between us and these distant galaxy, and, Chandra says, most of that mass exists in the form of dark matter. “…the mass that distorts the faraway galactic light is found surrounding the two giant ‘eye’ galaxies and a ‘nose’ galaxy. The multiple arcs of the circular ‘face’ arise from gravitational lensing of four different background galaxies well behind the ‘eye’ galaxies.”

The “cat” will disappear in around a billion years.

Bandersnatch Cummerbund’s Revenge!

Benedict Cumberbatch, who became known as “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” to the Carrollian world due to some playfulness on the part of the Washington Post (story here), has taken his revenge on us by recording “Jabberwocky” for,* posted to YouTube. Over Wagner in the background, he manages to mispronounce “borogoves” as “borogroves” twice! (Of course, as he is also famous for his inability to say the word “penguins” (starts at 3:17), perhaps this is a forgivable lapse.)

* website not available at this writing

Animated Alice Promotes a Charitable Book Store

Plenty, an Art and Motion Direction studio located in Buenos Aires, was commissioned to make a promotional video for online bookstore Good Books International, which donates all profits to Oxfam charities. We Need to Talk about Alice is the third in Good Books’ “Great Writers” series (previous hits were the much-awarded Metamorphosis, and Havana Heat) and was posted in September. A white-haired, tattooed, rather grown-up Alice attends a tea-party with Hunter-Thompsonian overtones in 3-D and conventional animation sequences. Click on the picture to experience it!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sylvie and Bruno

Ray Dyer, PhD, has taken the “fairy” story contained in Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, “here removed from its distracting asides, to be presented initially for specialist scholars, as a simpler and annotated didactic new edition.” The frame story will be dealt with in Lady Muriel: A Victorian Romance, to be published next March. There is some precedent for this division: The Story of Sylvie and Bruno was published by Macmillan in 1904, with only those parts concerning the titular characters.

Order from Troubador Press here. They have kindly offered a 25% discount to LCSNA members by entering “CARROLL15” in the discount code box.

Dalí Alice Wins Gelett Burgess Award

It was just announced that the Dalí-illustrated Wonderland (the first trade edition) won the prestigious 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in the Commemorative/Anniversary Edition category. Mark Burstein, its editor, very much appreciates the honor, only finding it somewhat ironic in that the edition was deliberately designed for anyone but children.

Children’s Opera on CD

Will Todd and Maggie Gottlieb’s popular and critical success of their sweet operatic adaptation for children (we wrote about it here) is now available on CD and iTunes. One only wishes it were on DVD, as how many kids gather around the CD player these days for a family evening?