The 43rd Most Highlighted Phrase by Kindle Readers

Speaking of privacy matters, in case you didn’t already know this, Amazon keeps track of what phrases are most often highlighted by folks who read their eBooks on Kindles.  Now, by all rights, if those folks using Kindle readers really knew their Carrolliana, they would have found a way to make it 42nd, but research has shown that following after a whole slew of Suzanne Collins/The Hunger Games quotes, the 43rd most highlighted phrase is the Duchess’s Escher-esque advice to Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”

To read the full New Republic article about the highlighting habits of Kindle readers (and what it says about our culture), click here.

New Neil Gaiman Book Includes Alice References

Attention book lovers!  Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has a new book out, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and according to the NY Times, it includes a few Carrollian references along the way.  You can read the Times article here.

3D Paper Layer Alice Art Image

Korean artist Cheong-ah Hwang has created this stunning Alice image using a technique of layering paper to create a 3D effect.  To see other (non-Carollian) images she has created, click here.  Wouldn’t it be great to see a whole edition of the Alice books illustrated by this talented, self-taught artist?

Here she shares photos of creating it!

You can also buy a giclee print of this image in two sizes on Etsy.

Lovely work!

Alice Discovers Concrete (Poetry) in Wonderland!

The long-running TV game show “Jeopardy” features Carrolian “answers” on a regular basis.  Sadly, the three contestants often don’t know the appropriate “question” in response.  But on the May 29th episode, the Mouse’s Tale was used as an example of “this kind of poetry” and a contestant correctly responded “what is concrete?”

Wikipedia also references the Mouse’s Tale when giving examples of concrete poetry.  We’ve heard of a “poetry slam” but the Mouse’s Tale is more of a “poetry slab!”

Not a Bit!

Image copyright by Kris Temmerman

A high-resolution bitmap artwork containing the entire text of Wonderland in the shape of Alice herself can be found here. The text is broken down into words whose frequency determines their size in the finished image. Add a bit of artistic creativity, and voila!  Mad hats off to creative developer Kris Temmerman, who created this image.

Alice Speaks Yiddish

And now, Alice speaks Yiddish! A fine new translation of Wonderland using the Hebrew alphabet by Dr. Adina bar-El is now available for $25 including shipping via PayPal or check or cash. Email adinabarel@gmail.com or write to:

Dr. Adina bar-El,
Haza’it st. 9,
Moshav Nir-Israel, 79505
Israel

New Alice-Themed Music Project

We’ve just received the following note about a new indie music effort and Indiegogo campaign:

I’m writing because my band is recording an album of poem-song adaptations from “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” We’valready recorded half the tracks, and we launched an Indiegogo album pre-sale campaign on May 4th to raise the funds needecover the costs of additional recording, mixing, mastering, and duplication. Our album, “Contrariwise,” will be released on November 4th. I hope you’ll consider posting a link to our Indiegogo page, where we have a letter describing the project in more detail, as well as a 4 minute video that includes snippets fromrough demos of our versions of “Jabberwocky,” “Beautiful Soup,” “Queen Alice,” and others:http://igg.me/at/Contrariwise

If you’re into Alice-themed music, you might want to check it out!

Mushroom Flash Drive

From the “just when you thought you’d seen it all” department, along with the “Gee, I just don’t know what to do with this $36K burning a whole in my expensive pants pocket” department, comes this costly bauble: a diamond-studded mushroom charm that houses a 32 gigabyte flash drive.  The designer claims the look was “inspired by the classic novel Alice in Wonderland.”  We couldn’t make this stuff up.  But someone did–and they’re selling it.  To see for yourself, or if you’re looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift for that special someone, click here.

“In Wonderland” Kickstarter Project

At our recent Winston-Salem meeting, we heard briefly from Ms. Amber Adams, a choreographer and dancer hoping to raise funds to finance a physical theatre program based on “Alice in Wonderland” in Wilmington, NC. As always, we make no comment or endorsement of anything we post per se; we just like to keep you informed!

You can read about it by clicking here.