Archive for June, 2011

26
Jun
11

Alice and the Space Telescope

Alice and the Space Telescope by Malcolm Longair, with forward by Nobel Prizewinner Riccardo Giacconi. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

4to hardcover with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0-8018-2831-7

The book explains and discusses some of the things going on in astrophysics from the time of the launch of the Hubble telescope, and yet still manages to be funny at the same time.

It makes me think of The Big Bang Theory. I wonder what Sheldon would make of it?

There’s also a rewrite of Jabberwocky, which is always good value… even if the scansion is a little off…

Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Brought plans of telescopes fair to see./ The Jabberwock, he clapped his hands/And said, ‘That’s just for me.

Loads of pictures- some of Tenniel’s, various graphs and scientific diagrams, and photos.

Available via amazon: Alice and the Space Telescope, but mine was a present. Thanks Iain!

23
Jun
11

Gladys in Grammarland and Alice in Grammarland

Gladys in Grammarland and Alice in Grammarland: Two Educational Tales Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland by Audrey Mayhew Allen and Louise Franklin Bache.

Foreward by Michael Everson.

Illustrations for ‘Gladys’ by Charles Raymond Macauley, who was a newspaper cartoonist published in the New York Daily Mirror. ‘Alice’ is illustrated by Henry Clarence Pitz.

Published by Evertype in a new edition, 2010. Originally published 1897 and 1923 respectively.

I’d love to get copies of the original printings of these, but no luck so far. Good old Evertype though, providing readable copies of hard to find books.

You can read an excerpt and order a copy over on Evertype’s site.

23
Jun
11

Wonderland: The Zen of Alice

Wonderland: The Zen of Alice by Daniel Doen Silberberg.

Published by Parallax Press, 2009. Paperback.

ISBN: 9781888375954

From the back cover:

Hang on, for you’re headed down the rabbit hole. Daniel Doen Silberberg uses the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a jumping-off point for conveying the Zen Buddhist concept of ”one Mind.” With riffs on everything from Detroit to the Diamond Sutra and Kill Bill to ketchup, this is a funny, thoughtful, irreverent contribution to contemporary American Buddhism. Silberberg is a trained psychologist and musician who has been studying Buddhism for thirty years and leads an international Zen community. With stories from his own life as well as from the larger cultural swirl around him, Silberberg reflects on the differences between how we perceive our world and how it truly is. He offers important ideas on how to live fully and happily in the Wonderland we’re all already in.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this short book Silberberg weaves snippets from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with personal anecdotes, classic Buddhist sutras, koans and popular culture to illustrate Zen approaches to the true nature of enlightenment: When we get to the other shore, to what I am calling Wonderland, we may experience One Mind. Rather than using Zen to explain Alice, Silberberg playfully mingles, for example, the upside-down logic of the Caterpillar and Mock Turtle with the wisdom of the Diamond Sutra to explain key ideas. A longtime practitioner and former vice abbot of the Kanzeon Zen Center in Utah, the author is adept at explaining Buddhist teachings and ideas, such as the causes of suffering and Siddhartha’s search for the truth of existence. Silberberg’s description of the Zen path demonstrates more rigor than gentleness, reflecting a warrior approach to the search for knowledge that isn’t present in all forms of this Eastern philosophy; indeed, a little more clarification about which approaches are specifically Zen among the range of Buddhist practices would have been helpful for the novice. While the Alice analogies are thin, Silberberg’s clear writing and in-depth knowledge of his subject make this addition to the Zen of genre engaging.

Available on Amazon: Wonderland: The Zen of Alice

15
Jun
11

Alice’s Adventures in Jurisprudencia

Alice’s Adventures in Jurisprudencia by Peter F. Sloss.

Illustrated by Sally Richardson in nice imitation of Tenniel’s style.

Published by Borogrove Press 1982, softback, signed by author.

ISBN: 096082460X

In the book, a modern-day, grown up Alice, is unwinding after a long day at her lawyer’s office when she falls asleep in front of the television, and finds herself in Jurisprudencia, a  wonderland type world filled with some old friends, plus not a few pedantic lawyers. Sloss is an attorney, so I suspect he knows whereof he speaks…

He apparently got the idea after hearing a judge say:

“If words had absolute and constant referents, it might be possible to discover contractual intention in the words themselves and in the manner in which they were arranged. Words, however, do not have absolute and constant referents.”

This reminded him of Humpty’s pronouncement that…

When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that’s all.’

There’s an appendix containing cited cases at the back, too…

Amazon: Alice’s adventures in Jurisprudencia

15
Jun
11

Alice in Motorland

Alice in Motorland by Horace M. Wyatt. Illustrated by Charles R. Sykes.

Published in 1904, by The Car-Illustrated Ltd: ‘The Car Magazine Series No. 1′. Hardback, clothbound boards.

Introducing such characters as The Marks Hare, The Mad Chaffa and the Suburban Dog; along with old friends like the White Knight and Rabbit.

1904 seems very early to be writing Alice adventures featuring motor cars: she’s obviously a modern girl. She looks very ‘Railway Children’ in her ribboned bonnet on the front cover.

Charles Sykes (1875-1950) was a British artist and sculptor who was responsible for the Spirit of Ecstasy- the Rolls Royce winged mascot.

Horace Wyatt was also responsible for Malice in Kulturland.

Available on Amazon: ALICE IN MOTORLAND

13
Jun
11

The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles

The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles by Ben Avery (story) and Casey Heying (story and art).

Published by Buy Me Toys.com 2005-2008, this folder includes issues #0 to #3.

The comics are a continuation of Alice’s adventures mixed with the Oz stories, and with touches of other children’s books to boot.

Dorothy and Alice, college roommates in Chicago, have forgotten their experiences in Oz and Wonderland…. until now… they meet friends: including the Cheshire Cat and Humpty Dumpty- and enemies: including the Mad Hatter and the Jabberwock.

Available on Amazon: Oz and Wonderland

 

12
Jun
11

alice in thunderland

Alice in Thunderland: A Feminist Fairytale by Maeve Kelly. Published 1993 by Attic. ?First edition paperback? ISBN: 1-85594-081-7

Cover illustration by Trina Mahon.

Alice (a native of Harmony land) travels through Thunderland, run by the memblies. They rule over the femblies, who don’t ask questions, and believe that too much thinking makes your brain turn to feathers…

My copy has a biro dedication on first page, and also a bookcrossing label inside as it was a gift from a bookcrossing friend. Thanks, Esther!

I do love the front cover with the Alice in DMs. Good choice for tromping about in an alternative world, I reckon.

Available on amazon: Alice in Thunderland (Fairytales for Feminists)




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