“Vaping” is the way young hipsters prefer to get their nicotine fixes these days, through electronic “e-cigarettes.” We do not approve of tobacco consumption in any form, but thought the Teeming Masses might like to see yet another exploitation of the Carrollian multiverse, this one involving fruit-flavored, nicotine-enhanced inhalable juices at Alice in Vapeland. Their closest historical relative is shisha, aka mu’assel or nargila, a flavored tobacco that is smoked in hookahs, mainly by caterpillars and folks throughout the Near East.
For the record, Edward Wakeling informs us, Dodgson was a nonsmoker, although when he was Curator of the Common Room at Christ Church, he set up a Smoking Room for his colleagues (now called the Bayne Room). He would receive free samples from the tobacco companies, and one notice that he pinned up in Common Room after receiving some tobacco stated that he had, with logic that can only be called Carrollian, “never tasted better.”
There was a discussion of Alice at 11am ET on February 25 on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Special guests Rosemary Jann – professor of English at George Mason University, John Pfordrescher – professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lizzie Skurnick editor-in-chief Lizzie Skurnick Books.
Also be sure to check out the article on Alice in video on her show page.
As part of the fantabulous Peanuts in Wonderland show at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, a panel will be discussing Carroll in the Comics at 1 pm on Saturday, March 7. The panel will consist of cartoon historian Craig Yoe, president emeritus Mark Burstein, and Malcolm Whyte and Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Be there!
But if you can’t be there, you can still get in on the swag from the Schulz’s online gift shop! Sip some Wonderland Blueberry Lemon Tea ($8) from your Disappearing Cheshire Beagle Mug ($18) while wearing the Peanuts in Wonderland T-shirt ($19) and staring at your lovely Bookmark ($3).
What your stairway, car, or room needs most: a collection of 14 vinyl stickers purporting to be quotes from Wonderland. Well, many of them are, but scattered throughout are quotes from the 1951 Disney movie, paraphrases, things attributed to Carroll that he never said, and what seem to be random utterances (“I become what I believe”?). Anyway, you can buy the set from Amazon here.
The “world’s longest tattoo” is comprised of over 5,000 individual phrases from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Backers receive a temporary tattoo bearing a unique phrase from one of the stories along with instructions on uploading a photo of themselves (or anyone else) wearing their phrase. Litographs first attempted this last year, but only a proportion of the respondents actually uploaded pictures. After many tries to contact the missing souls, they have decided to re-sell those phrases in hopes that the chain may at last be completed. It’s only $5 for a set of two: one to keep and one to use! Let’s help them out! Be creative! Go to Litographs and join the chain!! Do it now; they sell out very quickly.
(The example at left is tattoo #1558, from Chapter 8: “and she put them into a large flower-pot that stood near.” The arm is Llisa’s; Alice is portrayed by Sonja; the white-and-red roses are from our garden.)
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In celebration of the 150th anniversary, Imagine! Publishing (an imprint of Charlesbridge) is publishing a picture book edition called Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole. Fashioned as an introduction to the classic for younger readers, the story is retold by Charles Nurnberg and Joe Rhatigan with luminous paintings by bestselling French illustrator Eric Puybaret.
Edward Wakeling’s superb “appraisal” (not a biography!) is now available. World-class collector of, authority on, and admirer of Lewis Carroll, not to mention the editor of his 10-volume Diaries among other publications, Wakeling’s lifetime of study finds its culmination in this handsome work. His fresh approach, based on Carroll’s wide and varied social circle, reflects much previously unpublished material, and promises to resolve some of the key myths surrounding Mr. Dodgson.
Walt Disney’s animated Alice is going to be showing at the El Capitan theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles for one night only February 12, 2015, as part of their Throwback Thursday series. Don’t be late if you want to see it!
An article by Maria Popova in Brain Pickings, “How Lewis Carroll’s Rules of Letter-Writing Can Make Email More Civil and Digital Communication Kinder,” reminds us that the rules of epistolary etiquette have not changed since the days of the penny post.