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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… [read full post]

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New York Times obituary for Hypothesizer of Red Queen Theory

The New York Times today is running an obituary under the sing-songy heading “Leigh Van Valen, Evolution Revolutionary, Dies at 76.” The evolutionary biologist Leigh Van Valen’s eccentricities were legend far beyond the University of Chicago, where brilliant and idiosyncratic professors rule. He named 20 fossil mammals he had discovered after characters in J. R…. [read full post]

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Grin without a cat = great jack-o’-lantern idea

I’m slightly daunted by the fact this Cheshire Cat pumpkin stencil is only rated “3/5 Intermediate” by Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils. Look at all those teeth! Upping the ante, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter stencils (fair likenesses of Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp respectively) are rated “4/5 Challenging.” (Advanced pumpkin carvers seeking… [read full post]

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“Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter Writing” (for the E-mail Generation)

Over at the blog Booktryst: A Nest for Book Letters, Stephen J. Gertz has posted most of the text of Carroll’s pamphlet “Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter Writing,” with some commentary about its relevance 120 years later. The original pamphlet “was very popular, going into five editions 1890-1897.” Mr Gertz says: The Net has been… [read full post]

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Gathering for Gardner celebrations worldwide on October 21st, coordinated online

So far, sixty-six parties have been coordinated around the planet to commemorate the giant Carrollian, Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010) on what would have been his 96th birthday, Thursday. The website g4g-com.org (possibly named by Dr. Evil) invites you to join them “in celebrating the life of Martin Gardner by attending or… [read full post]

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Pre-Raphaelite Society invites monographs for essay prize

Alice Liddell by Charles Dodgson

The Pre-Raphaelite Society in the United Kingdom is calling for entries to the John Pickard Essay Prize. Last year’s winner was Anne Anderson, for her essay “The Pre-Raphaelite Lovejoy: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Charles Augustus Howell, the eponymous ‘dodgy dealer.’” You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The… [read full post]

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State of the City Address “Aliso is Wonderland”

Mayor Phillip Tsunoda, left, and others accompanied by a mad march hatter

Politicians are frequently accused of dwelling in an “Alice in Wonderland world” but few would deliberately claim the address. Not so the mayor of Aliso Viejo in Orange County who declared “Aliso is Wonderland” in his annual State of the City address on Wednesday night. In what the Orange County Register describes as “a big… [read full post]

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Alice eats some more…

Sneak peak of Alice Eats, by Pierre Lamielle and Julie van Rosedaal
Sneak peak of Alice Eats, by Pierre Lamielle and Julie van Rosedaal

It looks like there may be another Alice-themed cookbook in the works. Pierre A Lamielle, author of the Gourmand award-winning Kitchen Scraps: A Humorous Illustrated Cookbook, has just mentioned on his blog that he is collaborating with best-selling cookbook author Julie van Rosendaal on a new book, Alice Eats. Once again, this cookbook will follow what… [read full post]

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A musical puzzle inspired by a broken LP

We are big fans of Alicenations, one of several blogs of the Lewis Carroll Society of Brazil managed by Adriana Peliano. The site regularly features original and experimental music, video, and illustrations created by Adriana, together with her husband Paulo Beto, and inspired by the Alice books. Here’s a recent creation which began life as a damaged… [read full post]

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