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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]


Chicago’s Caffeine Theatre announces Old Father William’s Frabjous and Curious Poetry Contest

Caffeine Theatre and Chicago Opera Vanguard will be premiering Boojum! Nonsense, Truth, and Lewis Carroll on November 18th thru December 19th, 2010, at Chicago DCA’s Storefront Theater. (I understand the “Nonsense” and the “Lewis Carroll,” but will withhold judgment on the “Truth.”) Caffeine Theatre is hosting a nonsense poetry contest, the winners to be incorporated… [read full post]


Free Downloads of Storypods Nonsense Contest Winners

Andrew Sellon, President of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, has partnered with Oxford-based Storypods Audiobooks to provide free audio downloads of the two poems that won Storypod’s 2010 Nonsense competition.  Storypods launched the contest as a tribute to Lewis Carroll, and received many entertaining submisssions.  To listen to the winners and download the… [read full post]


“All over a rattle”: Tweedle poem in The Benevolent Otherhood

Volume 1 of a new zine from Oakland and Berkeley writers, The Benevolent Otherhood, contains a nonsense poem by S. Sandrigon mentioning Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. The new “chapbook” was released this week at a reading at Oakland’s Mama Buzz before a packed house. A limited number of the zines are available, but there is a free… [read full post]


Alice laughed: Amusing auto-abbreviations in yesterday’s Atlantic

Writing online for the Atlantic, staff writer Niraj Chokshi yesterday noted the surprisingly poetic nonsense that is generated by Microsoft Word’s “autosummarize” feature. Appropriately, he tested the feature on Through the Looking-Glass and the result is rather striking: Alice began. Alice asked. Alice asked. Alice laughed. Alice laughed. Alice pleaded. Alice explained. Alice interrupted. Alice enquired. Queen Alice… [read full post]


Oxford StoryPods Nonsense Contest and Mad Hatter Lunch Party

Liz and Francis of Oxford Storypods, the talented folks who put out a very nice audio version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland paired with a great selection of poems and letters, have just announced a contest for nonsense writing in a Carrollian vein.  You can read the details by clicking here.  It’s a particularly challenging… [read full post]