I’m delighted to announce that Matt Crandall and Wendy Lane Crandall have graciously (and jointly) agreed to take over the job of blogmaster for the LCSNA effective immediately so that I can focus on my growing workload.
It’s been a pleasure being blogmaster for you all, and I hope you will remember to keep sending Mat and Wendy new items regularly via: email@example.com. Thanks, Matt and Wendy, and thank you all. – Andrew
While many people were not fans of Disney’s recent Wonderland 3-D extravaganza film, directed by Tim Burton, it blew past all the negative reviews and earned over $1 billion dollars. So of course, as we’ve reported previously, a sequel is already in the works–this time without Burton, who has moved on other projects. Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska have already signed their contracts.
Variety reports that Helena Bonham-Carter is in final talks to reprise her role as the amalgam villainess, the Red Queen. Whatever you thought of the first film, it would be hard to deny that Bonham-Carter gave the film zest. So getting her back on board for the sequel is probably a very wise idea on Disney’s part.
Speculation runs rampant as to how scriptwriter Linda Woolverton will mash up Carroll’s characters and story elements this time. But at least if Bonham-Carter is around with her outsized head and even larger sense of zaniness, there will be someone fun to watch.
To read the post on Variety‘s site, click me.
One of our mimsiest minions reports that a new bakery has opened in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago: A Baker’s Tale. In addition to the somewhat Snarkian name of the shop, its decor also includes a large framed image of Tenniel’s Mad Tea Party, and a large sculptural tree whose blossoms are made of pages from an edition of Wonderland. We can only hope it wasn’t an 1865 edition!!
And of course, there are white rabbit cookies, among other treats. If you visit the shop, write us a comment and let us all know what you thought. Who knows, maybe they even have treacle tarts!
To visit the bakery’s web site, click me.
If you’re a fan of geometry, math, or just Lewis Carroll, you might be interested in this blog post from Scientific American. It considers the importance and relevance of Mr. Dodsgon’s highly theatrical treatise Euclid and His Modern Rivals. While it ultimately finds limitations in Dodgson’s conclusions, it applauds his sheer creativity in addressing a difficult and contentious topic.
To read the article, click me.
One of our trusty mimsy minions passed along this link to a recent NY Times travel article. It’s basically one writer’s personal tour of Oxford, England. Surprisingly, there is only a fleeting mention of Alice, and that’s about the treacle well. But perhaps the writer assumes others have covered the Carrollian elements sufficiently elsewhere. Never, say we! ;-)
If you’d like to read the Oxford travelogue, click me.
A mimsy minion reports that popular Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries offered an episode where a murder is committed at a Wonderland-themed party, and Murdoch himself is suspected.
To read IMDB’s description of the episode, click me.
You can buy the episode on Amazon Instant Video for $2.99.
Reminder: If you do shop on Amazon, remember that by using their Amazon Smile site, you can designate a worthy charity to receive a tiny portion of the proceeds for each purchase you make.
Another of our resourceful mimsy minions has pointed us to the Open Culture educational resource web site, where they offer one page with links to 550 free audio books, both classic and contemporary, and another page with links to 550 free eBooks. Both lists include versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland–and intriguingly, the audio books list also includes The Game of Logic!
If your ears need some Carrollian tickling, click me to explore the audio list.
If your eyes need some Carrollian reading, click me to explore the eBook list.
Attention minions: more blog news items are needed–the treacle well is empty! (In fact, we always need your input to keep this blog going!) Contribute your news items today at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Thanks to the mimsy minion who reported this little item. If you happen to be in the London area on April 19th or 20th of this year (2014, in case you’ve lost track), there will be a Wonderland-themed pop-up restaurant experience in the East London area known as Shoreditch. It will be hosted by HotHot Magazine, and the press materials promise both theatricality and fine dining, plus appearances from the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts. Saturday 4/19 is already sold out according to the HotHot web site, but tickets are still available for Sunday, 4/20.
For more information, and to book a table for Sunday, April 20th, click me.
A mimsy minion who enjoys luxurious baths (between Snark hunts, no doubt) passed along this blog post about a company called The Bathing Garden, which periodically makes batches of bath treats with a Wonderland theme. The blog post notes that the Wonderland products are currently out of stock, but returning again in April. So, if you enjoy taking long, relaxing baths, you might want to check out this post and keep an eye out when the products are back in stock.
To read all about the fanciful bath treats, click me.