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Nonsense & Biology in Sunday’s New York Times blog

A pigeon from one of Edward Lear’s books.

Author Richard Conniff wrote an entertaining post for the New York Times blog Opinionator yesterday. It starts off at sea in a Sieve with the Jumblies and ends in the Tulgey Wood, all to discuss the relation between the Nonsense poets’ zoology and the age of 19th Century scientific exploration, which turned up many fanciful… [read full post]


See the new Broadway Mad Hatter: Former Miss America Kate Shindle

Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch blog posted pictures last week from the upcoming Broadway musical Wonderland, which will open in the Marquis Theatre April 17, 2011. Kate Shindle was Miss Illinois in 1997 and Miss America in 1998, and has since appeared on Broadway in Caberet and Legally Blonde. “One of my first questions to the creative team… [read full post]


Now Available Again: Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland

If you recall, Disney re-released their 1951 animated feature Alice in Wonderland on DVD last year in conjunction with their new Tim Burton version: a “2-Disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition”. This is still available, and contains the following special features: oReflections on Alice: Walt Disney labored for almost twenty years to get his vision of Alice… [read full post]


Venus Williams tennis dress inspired by Alice in Wonderland

Venus Williams – Getty Images

It’s been described by England cricketer Graeme Swann as “the worst outfit ever seen on a tennis court,” but Venus Williams claims the dress was “inspired by Alice in Wonderland.” Members of the LCSNA, what’s your verdict? Off with her head? Or does she deserve an elegant thimble? The yellow lattice top, print skirt, and… [read full post]


The famous dodo painting and its modern translation

“The modern interpretation of the dodo’s physique by palaeontologist Julian Hume. Photograph: Natural History Museum”

The iconic painting of the dodo bird above, by Roelandt Savery circa 1626, will hang in the UK Natural History Museum starting January 21st, 2011, as part of the permanent exhibition Images of Nature. About Savery’s depiction of the dodo, Robin McKie wrote in the Guardian on Sunday: “The poor creature looks faintly absurd, which… [read full post]


Naughty Alice Perfume

From the Scented Salamander: British designer Vivienne Westwood is paying homage to Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland this fall with a new perfume called Naughty Alice which will debut in late September 2010. We are told it “references magic and mischief.” […] Naughty Alice is described as a comforting musky-floral featuring notes of black rose, carnal violet and… [read full post]


Lewis Carroll Apps for Android

“Lewis Carroll Collection,” by Macrender, screen shot

Publish This, LLC, has a new app for the Android Market (Android is the operating system Google developed for non-iPhone smartphones) with the zingy title “Lewis Carroll Collection Books” ($0.99.)  It claims to have the text for AAIW, TTLG, Phantasmagoria and Other Poems, The Hunting of the Snark, and A Tangled Tale. I should have… [read full post]


Sergey Tyukanov’s ornate “Alice in Wonderland”

Sergey Tyukanov’s “Alice in Wonderland” (2009), Saatchi Gallery

London’s Saatchi Gallery has images online from Russian-American artist Sergey Tyukanov. His fabulous “Alice in Wonderland” is pictured above. At his website, we find the Sergey Tyukanov Museum of Art; stroll past the restrooms and discover a whole Alice in Wonderland gallery with 21 images! He has also created art inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and Russian folklore.

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Cryptozoologist Dr Karl Shuker on the Cheshire Cat

Dr Karl Shuker with a rare Phantom Cat

Cryptozoology, according to the Wikipedia, “refers to the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by the field of biology. ” Dr Karl Shuker, according to his own bio, is “one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world.” Wikipedia describes him as “full-time freelance zoological consultant, media consultant, and… [read full post]