Posts Tagged: alice in wonderland
What is it to read Alice, a century and a half after its creation, in the era of Guantánamo? For me, it is to understand ‘nonsense’ not as children’s fantasy but as a riptide in the human mind, which drags us further off course the more violent or conceited or certain we are.
Who are you?’ Isn’t this what every book asks of us as we chase its characters, trying to find out what they are reluctant to reveal? Is it not also the one essential thing we ask ourselves as human beings, as we struggle to make the choices that will define us?
In fact, as far as his daily life went, “Lewis Carroll” was a complete non-person. Charles was always known personally only by his real name, letters directed to the pseudonym were returned unanswered, and he would walk away if strangers dared to mention “Alice” in his presence.
Have a good Thanksgiving, we’ll see you on Monday.
Famous missing body parts.
Alice’s copy of “Through the Looking Glass” is up for auction.
LA without traffic is a pretty unsettling thing.
What was once thought to be mineral deposits we now know to be beautiful cave excrement....more