Happy Birthday Mr. Dogdson!

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born 181 years ago today. To mark the occasion, here are selection of appropriate cakes. (Click on each image to be taken to the webpage where it was found.)

The full tableau approach, posted on Flickr

Icing the Roses Red, from Occasions Online

A Tim Burton tribute, posted by R. Mansur at WonderHowTo.com.

A psychedelic number from the Sugar Me Bakery

This one seems to fill the room…

And if you haven’t yet had your fill, there’s plenty more here.

Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words ‘Eat me’ were beautifully marked in currants. ‘Well, I’ll eat it,’ said Alice, ‘and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so either way I’ll get into the garden, and I don’t care which happens! – Chapter One, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland



‘Tis the Season to Remember Who Does the Dishes

After every tea party must come the washing up (assuming your clock hasn’t stopped at 6 o’clock). Make the job more pleasant, or at least more literary, with the Alice in Wonderland Tea Towel or the Literary Map of Britain and Northern Island Tea Towel from the British Library (around $16 each, plus shipping). These were very popular when they first appeared and sold out quickly. Now they’re back.

Alice Tea Towel from the British Library

Alice Tea Towel from the British Library

Literary Map Tea Towel

Literary Map Tea Towel from the British Library


The Lewis Carroll Mad Tea Collection not available in stores everywhere (or anywhere)

Neha Hattangdi

Neha Hattangdi

The perfect Christmas present—if only it existed! This beautiful tea chest was designed by Neha Hattangdi, a student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She was asked to create a product line inspired by a literary author and the Lewis Carroll Mad Tea Collection was the result.

The wooden box contains three loose-leaf teas, reusable tea-bags, a tea strainer, and a bar of extra dark chocolate.

For more pictures of the imaginary collection go to The Dieline, the foremost blog for packaging design industry. Other great designs by Hattangdi can be found on her own website.


Lewis Carroll-themed signs at Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert‘s march on Washington, D.C., yesterday, the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, was estimated to be about 250,000 sane people strong (approximately triple the headcount at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in August, which yesterday’s event was parodying.) Stewart requested attendees to bring pro-sanity signs, and suggested for example “I Disagree With You, But I’m Pretty Sure You’re Not Hitler” and “I am not afraid of Muslims / Tea Partiers / Socialists / Immigrants / Gun Owners / Gays … But I Am Scared of Spiders.”

The Huffington Post did a nice job supplying slide shows of hundreds of suggestions and photos from the rally yesterday. I just went through them looking for a few good Lewis Carroll-inspired ones:

UPDATE! Here’s two more that another LCSNA member found at BuzzFeed’s 100 Best Signs at the Rally to Restore &c…


The Joker, the Hatter, & an armed Alaskan Alice

    The buzz from the DC universe is that the Batman spinoff, The Joker’s Asylum II, June 16th, 2010, “is devoted to the Mad Hatter and his Alice obsession” (thanks, Devra Kunin.) The incredible cover art is by Bill Sienkiewicz, written by Landry Walker. The DC website explains The Joker’s Asylum as “a special month-long, weekly series of one-shots starring the greatest villains in Batman’s rogues gallery.”

    On other shelves in other shops, the June 12th-18th Economist picked up the “mad” Tea Party theme on its cover, this time with Palin as Alice, Glenn Beck as the Hatter again, and I’m assuming the cigar is supposed to imply that Rush Limbaugh is the Hare. (He was the Cheshire Cat in The Nation.) I’m not sure how to interpret FoxNews as the dormouse.


    Tea Party gone mad, Part Two

    In follow up to the picture of Glenn Beck as the Hatter, Gary Trudeau made the same play on “tea party” in the April 1st, 2010, Doonesbury strip:


    Tea Party Symposium at St. Peter’s College, NJ

    Cupcakes from the St. Peter's College Tea Party

    LCSNA President Andrew Sellon gave an informal talk to an appreciative audience at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ on Wednesday, April 7th, about how he fell down the rabbit hole and ended up a Lewis Carroll fan for life. English Club President Jonathan Brantley (pictured to the left wearing March Hare ears) had contacted Andrew via Facebook to invite him to attend their informal “tea party symposium” as keynote speaker. Some attendees even dressed up for the occasion. After his talk, Andrew led a lively discussion about the recent Tim Burton film and other adaptations. Jonathan also presented an excellent paper giving an overview of the creation of the two Alice books and their continuing impact on our culture today. There was an ample buffet of Carrollian treats, and no one at the table was forced to “move down! move down!” All in all, a brillig event. (More photos can be seen on Facebook here.)

    Andrew Sellon (center) at the Tea Party Symposium


    Tea Party gone mad

    Drew Friedman's illustration in The Nation

    It seemed inescapable that at some point someone would compare the Tea Party movement to Lewis Carroll’s famous tea party. Richard Kim’s article “The Mad Tea Party“, which will appear in the April 12th version of The Nation, never needs to mention Carroll or Alice, but it gave illustrator Drew Friedman cause for the inevitable image of Glenn Beck as the Hatter. It’s a good look for him.


    Tiny Tea Set for Tiny Tea-Parties

    Sugar with your tea? One grain or two? Bas Bleu, online retailer of gifts and accessories for readers, is selling this miniature tea set decorated with quotes and illustrations from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland ($55).

    The teapot is 2 1/2 inches high, which is perhaps a little undersized for a truly mad tea-party, but may yet appeal to a small friend or caffeine-loving teddy bear.


    “Mad Hatter Card Party”, painting by Leonard Filgate

    This is a new painting (acrylic on canvas) by California-based artist Leonard Filgate, one of the creators of Rip Squeak. On his fineartamerica.com page, there are several ways to purchase the piece (and there’s also a higher-quality image).

    -A Giclée Print on either photo paper or canvas (upwards from $32)
    -A 5″-by-7″ customizable greeting card from $5.75

    For a limited edition signed print ($500 plus shipping), or to purchase the original painting (36″-by-24″, for $7,500) contact the artist thru his website filgateart.com.