A Riptide in the Human Mind

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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.

For Electric Literature, Theodore McCombs writes a heartbreaking piece on Guantanamo’s literary predecessor—found not in Kafka or Orwell, as we might have expected, but in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.


Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at kaywhyelleee.tumblr.com, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →