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)

12
Jun
11

Everything Alice

Everything Alice: the Wonderland Book of Makes by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech.

Published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd, 2011. Paperback.

ISBN: 978-1844009725

From the cover:

Welcome to the magical world of Everything Alice, where nothing is quite as it seems. Alice’s fantastical adventures in Wonderland provide the inspiration for a charming and original collection of 50 craft makes, ranging from a Hand-Sewn White Rabbit Toy and Pompon-Decorated Slippers to Papercraft Tea Party Invitations and Cut-outand- keep Dress-up Dolls. Whilst this book captures the very essence of Lewis Carroll’s popular tales – which have been translated into 125 languages and made into numerous films – each of the 50 ‘Make Me’ projects stands alone as a gorgeous item to cherish. Who wouldn’t be seduced by a Red Polka Dot Frilly Pinny to wear whilst baking cupcakes fit for a king, or a Heart-shaped Pinboard to house precious keepsakes, or an exquisite Beaded Napkin Ring in the initials of each of your dinner guests? Decorate your home and garden with the supremely simple yet highly effective No-sew  Fabric Covered Teapot Planters. Serve your partygoers from a china cake stand made from mix-and-match vintage crockery. And create wonderfully scented candles that fill oversized teacups to present as handmade gifts. Alice’s world was full of extraordinary characters and peculiar insights so interspersed between the projects are snippets of Wonderland lore and instructions for fun party games, such as How to Become a Queen, How to Run a Caucus Race and How to Play Musical Chairs, to keep your tea party guests entertained. With Everything Alice there will never be a dull moment in your own personal Wonderland.

I like this one- lots of cool things to make (or at least to look at and pretend I’m going to make), from pinnys to macarons, from slippers to fascinators. It’s all beautifully photographed and presented.

They have a website too.

Available on Amazon: Everything Alice: the Wonderland Book of Makes

12
Jun
11

Aliciae Per Speculum Transitus

Aliciae Per Speculum Transitus (Quaeque Ibi Invenit), by Ludovici Carroll (Lewis Carroll).

Librum picturis ornavit Sir John Tenniel.

Translated by Clive Harcourt Carruthers.

Published by Macmillan, 1966 (same year as me). Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

I also own a latin Alice in Wonderland from the same translator: both of them are nice quality books, pleasant to hold and flick through, and it’s interesting trying to work out bits of the language (I did two years of Latin at school back in the 1980s, so don’t remember much…)

Available on Amazon: Aliciae per speculum transitus

09
Jun
11

Alice Redux

Alice Redux: New Stories of Alice, Lewis and Wonderland edited by Richard Peabody.

Published by Paycock Press, 2006. Softback first edition. Front cover painting by Julie Inman.

ISBN: 0931181224

Anthology of short stories, photos and excerpts from other Alice-themed books (some of which I own…)

From the back cover:

Beyond the Looking Glass with…

Donya Currie Arias, Beth Bachmann, Bruce Bauman, Jeffrey M. Bockman, Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Ann Downer, Kevin Downs, Rikki Ducornet, CMDupre, Alison Habens, Susan Hankla, Ann Harries, Dorothy Hickson, Alice Owens Johnson, Steven Millhauser, Miles David Moore, Dave Morice, Jeff Noon, Lance Olsen, Victoria Popdan, Doug Rice, Katie Roiphe, Lorraine Schein, Martin Seay, Aurelie Sheehan, Susan Sherman, David R. Slavitt, MaryAnn Suehle, Ross Taylor, Tom Whalen.

“Alice Redux is a potent and heady brew; conveying a surreal and intense array of atmospheres and phantasmagorical takes on the original tale, this is a collection by some of the finest and most imaginative writers around. Alice proves to be a Muse in hairband and pinafore; this collection of Alice in Wonderland inspired stories should most definitely be labelled Drink Me.” — Joolz Denby, author of Billie Morgan.

“Alice–the hippest girl in Victorian England, the first postmodern heroine–is back, reflected in the looking-glasses of some of the most imaginative writers of our day. Many of my favorites are here–Carter, Coover, Ducornet, Olsen, Sheehan–as well as some intriguing strangers. (And Nancy Taylor’s photographs had me fainting in coils.) The literary Alice exerts the same fascination on the contributors that Alice Liddell did on Lewis Carroll, liberating the imagination, loosening the tongue. This is a superb anthology, a Wonderland of fiction wild and new.” –Steven Moore, editor of Over the Rainbow? Hardly.

“Drawing their inspiration from the imaginative feast that is Alice in Wonderland, these stories are by turns funny, moving, and best of all, startling; each surprises in its own way, and each allows us to inhabit, for a little while longer, a world we didn’t even realize we missed.” – Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel.

This seems to be a love-it or hate-it anthology: the on-line reviews either praise it or pan it.

Available on Amazon: Alice Redux: New Stories of Alice, Lewis and Wonderland




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