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Special Edition of Through the Looking Glass, Illustrated by John Vernon Lord

Here’s a beautiful new limited-edition Through the Looking Glass, released by Artists’ Choice Editions in London. Illustrated by John Vernon Lord! With a forward by Selwyn Goodacre! “Looking-Glass is a brilliant sequel – it is not a return of Wonderland but rather a more satisfying further adventure.” 320 standard copies, signed and numbered, are selling for £98…. [read full post]

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New Scientist: “Some words really do evoke Humpty’s ‘handsome’ rotundity.”

Linguists have been ruminating on Humpy Dumpty’s theories for over a century. Now, his discussion about words’ meaning is being used by scientists in conjunction with new studies about an innate connection between sounds and representation. First, take this test and see “If certain sounds really do evoke particular meanings then, given a foreign word… [read full post]

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Errol Morris & Errol Morris write two different essays with identical words on New York Times blog

I wasn’t expecting postmodern philosophy when I opened the New York Times Opinionator blog this week, but there was filmmaker Errol Morris rambling on about truth, relativity, Jorge Luis Borges and Humpty Dumpty. It appears to be the fourth of a five-part series called “The Ashtray,” no doubt what he was staring into when he… [read full post]

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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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“In essence, I think I am, still, this child-self so like an American cousin of Lewis Carroll’s Alice.”

This essay by Joyce Carol Oates, “In the Absence of Mentors/Monsters: Notes on Writerly Influences,” was actually published in Narrative Magazine in Fall 2009, but it’s now available online at the Huffington Post. Read this whole essay here, and I’ve excerpted a few relevant passages: Early Influences. Often it’s said that the only influences that matter greatly… [read full post]

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Good News for Alice and Oleg

And the winner of the 2009 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award is… Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll Illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko ISBN 978-0-88776932-0 Horray for Oleg! “…Oleg Lipchenko has turned this classic story into a rich expression for both the youngest reader greeting Alice for the first time and those who remember reading the original… [read full post]

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Unbirthday Card Kits and Rubber Stamps

Even though it was Humpty Dumpty who first proposed the observance of unbirthdays, it is now of course often associated with Mad Tea Parties. For the crafty: Very Merry Unbirthday Cards and Card Kits sell two craft kits for making “Alice in Wonderland” and “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” themed greetings cards, and other card-making products…. [read full post]

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New Alice book illustrated by LCSNA member out now

At the LCSNA Spring Meeting in 2008, Oleg Lipchenko, artist, illustrator and LCSNA member, described the challenges of illustrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland anew. “It’s like illustrating “IT.” You know what “IT” means, right?” Several of you were lucky enough to be able to get hold of pre-publication editions and your reviews were delighted. Now… [read full post]

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Portmanteaus on This American Life

Lewis Carroll was not mentioned by name, nor was the word ‘portmanteau’ ever dropped, but Humpty Dumpty’s spirit lurked around the September 13th, 2009, episode of This American Life (#389 Frenemies). Starting at 29:45 in the episode, Ira Glass interviews lexicographer Erin McKean, whom he had asked to research the word ‘frenemy’. She found the… [read full post]

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