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10 Lewis Carroll Quotes to Make You Gyre and Gimble in the Wabe

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is textbook whimsy. As far as whimsy goes, you can’t do much better. Lewis Carroll’s the king of whimsy. When he began a sentence, I bet, he didn’t have a plan for how it would end. Following that, when he began a book, such as the Wonderland books, he probably didn’t know what they would be about.

 

Here are ten quotes of Carroll’s that begin to uncover his completely askew worldview.

 

1. “‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.”

 


 

2. “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

 


 

3. “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

 


 

4. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

 


 

5. “She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”

 


 

6. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

 


 

7. “‘Why is a raven like a writing-desk?….Have you guessed the riddle yet?’ the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
‘No, I give it up,’ Alice replied: ‘What’s the answer?’
‘I haven’t the slightest idea,’ said the Hatter.”

 


 

8. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’”

 


 

9. “Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing.”

 


 

10. “As you have invited me, I cannot come, for I have made a rule to decline all invitations; but I will come the next day.”

 

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Interview with the Vampire

11 Authors You Probably Didn’t Know Used Pen Names

People have loads of reasons for taking on a pseudonym. Sometimes they’re a woman trying to get ahead in a patriarchy, sometimes they’re an immigrant trying to seem less Other, and sometimes their name just isn’t catchy enough.

 

These are eleven of the most surprising authors who used pen names. You think you know somebody…

 

1. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (Real name: Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum)

 

2. George Orwell, Nineteen-Eighty Four (Real name: Eric Arthur Blair)

 

3. E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey (Real name: Erika Mitchell)

 

4. Voltaire, Candide (Real name: François-Marie Arouet)

 

5. Alice Campion, The Painted Sky (Multiple people! Their real names are: Denise Tart, Jane St Vincent Welch, Jane Richards and Jenny Crocker)

 

6. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Real name: Daniel Foe)

 

7. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Real name:  Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski)

 

8. Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire (Real name: Howard Allen Frances O’Brien)

 

9. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

 

10. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (Real name: Mary Anne Evans)

 

11. John le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Real name: David John Moore Cornwell)

 

While you can understand some of the name changes, others are utterly mystifying. Anne Rice’s given name is very masculine sounding, and Voltaire’s pen name makes him sound like a cosmic superhero, so those two make sense. But Daniel Defore? Does the “De” really add that much? I guess he was a big fan of alliteration. Anyway, what would your pen name be?

 

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9 Children’s Books You Never Knew Were Banned

Many books have been, for various and usually far-fetched reasons banned in certain places. While there are a large number of banned books, the most surprising are some of the children’s books on this list. We all agree that this sort of censorship should never be allowed, especially for some of these children’s books. It’s no coincidence that most banned children’s books are classics. 

 

Take some time to revisit your childhood and read these books you loved as a kid, and probably didn’t know were banned.

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

 

Alice in Wonderland cover

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, often shortened to Alice in Wonderland, is one of the most popular tales out there. Even if you’ve never read it, you probably know what it’s about. The book was first called into question in the year 1900. In the United States, parents rallied against this book, stating it promotes drug use. Another big objection is the fact that most of the animals can talk, which didn’t sit well with some people. In China it was said that, “Animals should not use human language, and it is disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.” Honestly, the Cheshire Cat is my favorite fictional animal, but maybe I’m as crazy as he is.

 

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

 

Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl cover

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You’ve probably read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl for school. But this book was banned in several places in the United States. In 1982, it was banned in Virginia, and states continued to ban it. Most recently, Michigan banned the book in 2013. Anne shows amazing courage and determination, and after taking my turn at reading her diary, I strove to be like her. Why was this inspirational book banned? It was deemed too depressing. Really? The story of a girl who was trying to evade capture by Nazis is depressing? Color me surprised!

 

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

harry potter cover

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Okay, I’ll admit, this one may not be so surprising, but it’s still ridiculous. If you haven’t read these books, you’re one of the few. Harry Potter singlehandedly started the reading craze the same year the first book was published. But the books were also banned since the first book was published in several countries including the United States, Greece, and Bulgaria. Why ban such an important book? Well, naturally, because it promotes witchcraft, sets bad examples, and, oh, has a dark undertone. Sorry, but you’ll never get me to denounce the series that changed my life.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

The Wizard of Oz cover

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Even if you haven’t read this version of the book, everyone’s experienced some form of The Wizard of Oz. This book was banned because people think it has no value for children today. They also think the book perpetuated cowardice, despite the fact that character afflicted by cowardice isn’t actually cowardly. But this book was first banned because it was deemed “ungodly” for portraying woman in strong leadership roles. That was a scary thing in the United States 1929. Talk about cowards!

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover

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Roald Dahl is a very famous author, writing many beloved books, none more than this one. That, however, didn’t stop the United States from trying to ban this book in 1971. Dahl described the fun characters of the Oompa Loompas to be “small, black pygmies.” That was deemed to be racist, which horrified Dahl, who meant no harm. He revised their description, but then the character of Charlie, the kind, generous, brave protagonist, was criticized for having no good qualities at a Colorado school in 1988. If Charlie has no good qualities, then there’s no hope for the rest of us, especially those critics, to be good.

 

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 

 

Green Eggs and Ham cover

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Dr. Seuss is one of America’s most beloved authors. His books feature funny characters and are written completely in rhyme, delighting kids. However, the People’s Republic of China banned Green Eggs and Ham in 1965 because of accounts of homosexual secudction. Sam-I-Am was also viewed as a minion for temptation, and the book was said to reflect early Marxist ideas. However, when Dr. Seuss died, the ban was supposedly lifted.

 

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

 

Winnie-the-Pooh cover

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This is perhaps one of the most shocking books on this list. Most of us grew up reading  and re-reading Milne’s classic. But remember, talking animals are an insult to God, which put it on the banned list in several countries including Poland and the United States when it first came out. In 2006, Turkey and the UK  banned the book because Piglet could be offensive to Muslims. In 2009, Russia, thanks to someone who owned a Pooh plush with a swastika on its body, banned the book since it was perceived to have Nazi ties. Talk about one person ruining it for everyone. Most of all, parents protested because each of the animal characters perfectly embodied one of the seven deadly sins. 

 

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein 

 

A Light in the Attic Cover

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If you remember Shel Silverstein, you remember he wrote books of silly poetry. I don’t know about you, but he was the reason I gave poetry a chance. This book was banned in the United States because of one specific poem called How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes. The poem says if you drop the dishes on the ground, perhaps you won’t be asked to dry them anymore. Yes, children are impressionable, but few would try this. Talk about far-fetched!

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.

 

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See cover

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This book was in every elementary school library for years. How could it not be? It’s a simple, cute book that uses repetition to keep interest. However, for a short period of time in 2010, this book was banned. Why? The Texas Board of Education was eager to ban an author named Bill Martin, who wrote Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation. Instead, they accidentally banned Bill Martin Jr., who has no relation to the former, and actually passed away a few years before Bill Martin wrote his Marxism book. See what happens when you jump the gun on censorship?

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9 Children's Books You Never Knew Were Banned

Many books have been, for various and usually far-fetched reasons banned in certain places. While there are a large number of banned books, the most surprising are some of the children’s books on this list. We all agree that this sort of censorship should never be allowed, especially for some of these children’s books. It’s no coincidence that most banned children’s books are classics. 

 

Take some time to revisit your childhood and read these books you loved as a kid, and probably didn’t know were banned.

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

 

Alice in Wonderland cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, often shortened to Alice in Wonderland, is one of the most popular tales out there. Even if you’ve never read it, you probably know what it’s about. The book was first called into question in the year 1900. In the United States, parents rallied against this book, stating it promotes drug use. Another big objection is the fact that most of the animals can talk, which didn’t sit well with some people. In China it was said that, “Animals should not use human language, and it is disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.” Honestly, the Cheshire Cat is my favorite fictional animal, but maybe I’m as crazy as he is.

 

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

 

Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl cover

Image Via Goodreads

You’ve probably read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl for school. But this book was banned in several places in the United States. In 1982, it was banned in Virginia, and states continued to ban it. Most recently, Michigan banned the book in 2013. Anne shows amazing courage and determination, and after taking my turn at reading her diary, I strove to be like her. Why was this inspirational book banned? It was deemed too depressing. Really? The story of a girl who was trying to evade capture by Nazis is depressing? Color me surprised!

 

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

harry potter cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

Okay, I’ll admit, this one may not be so surprising, but it’s still ridiculous. If you haven’t read these books, you’re one of the few. Harry Potter singlehandedly started the reading craze the same year the first book was published. But the books were also banned since the first book was published in several countries including the United States, Greece, and Bulgaria. Why ban such an important book? Well, naturally, because it promotes witchcraft, sets bad examples, and, oh, has a dark undertone. Sorry, but you’ll never get me to denounce the series that changed my life.

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

The Wizard of Oz cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

Even if you haven’t read this version of the book, everyone’s experienced some form of The Wizard of Oz. This book was banned because people think it has no value for children today. They also think the book perpetuated cowardice, despite the fact that character afflicted by cowardice isn’t actually cowardly. But this book was first banned because it was deemed “ungodly” for portraying woman in strong leadership roles. That was a scary thing in the United States 1929. Talk about cowards!

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover

Image Via ChildrensBookWikia
    

Roald Dahl is a very famous author, writing many beloved books, none more than this one. That, however, didn’t stop the United States from trying to ban this book in 1971. Dahl described the fun characters of the Oompa Loompas to be “small, black pygmies.” That was deemed to be racist, which horrified Dahl, who meant no harm. He revised their description, but then the character of Charlie, the kind, generous, brave protagonist, was criticized for having no good qualities at a Colorado school in 1988. If Charlie has no good qualities, then there’s no hope for the rest of us, especially those critics, to be good.

 

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 

 

Green Eggs and Ham cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

Dr. Seuss is one of America’s most beloved authors. His books feature funny characters and are written completely in rhyme, delighting kids. However, the People’s Republic of China banned Green Eggs and Ham in 1965 because of accounts of homosexual secudction. Sam-I-Am was also viewed as a minion for temptation, and the book was said to reflect early Marxist ideas. However, when Dr. Seuss died, the ban was supposedly lifted.

 

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

 

Winnie-the-Pooh cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

This is perhaps one of the most shocking books on this list. Most of us grew up reading  and re-reading Milne’s classic. But remember, talking animals are an insult to God, which put it on the banned list in several countries including Poland and the United States when it first came out. In 2006, Turkey and the UK  banned the book because Piglet could be offensive to Muslims. In 2009, Russia, thanks to someone who owned a Pooh plush with a swastika on its body, banned the book since it was perceived to have Nazi ties. Talk about one person ruining it for everyone. Most of all, parents protested because each of the animal characters perfectly embodied one of the seven deadly sins. 

 

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein 

 

A Light in the Attic Cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

If you remember Shel Silverstein, you remember he wrote books of silly poetry. I don’t know about you, but he was the reason I gave poetry a chance. This book was banned in the United States because of one specific poem called How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes. The poem says if you drop the dishes on the ground, perhaps you won’t be asked to dry them anymore. Yes, children are impressionable, but few would try this. Talk about far-fetched!

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.

 

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See cover

Image Via Goodreads

 

This book was in every elementary school library for years. How could it not be? It’s a simple, cute book that uses repetition to keep interest. However, for a short period of time in 2010, this book was banned. Why? The Texas Board of Education was eager to ban an author named Bill Martin, who wrote Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation. Instead, they accidentally banned Bill Martin Jr., who has no relation to the former, and actually passed away a few years before Bill Martin wrote his Marxism book. See what happens when you jump the gun on censorship?

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Alice looking down the rabbit hole in the animated film.

Check Out This Augmented Reality Take on “Alice in Wonderland!”

 

 

 

Sony’s Future Lab has cooked up something special for Lewis Carroll fans. Using their “Interactive Tabletop” technology, Sony has pulled Wonderland from the rabbit hole, and is projecting it on a coffee table near you.

 

"Alice in Wonderland" with a holographic projection on it

Tap on the highlighted words, and they come to life! / via The Verge

 

Using a projector and a camera, the Interactive Tabletop lines up with a physical copy of “Alice in Wonderland,” and animates both Lewis Carroll’s whimsical words and John Tenniel’s trippy illustrations. Simply, it’s augmented reality technology applied to books. So lay your copy of “Alice” down, turn on the Interactive Tabletop, and the Cheshire Cat will be purring in no time.

 

Or he might dance on his head. / via GIPHY

 

Currently, this technology is still in its R&D stages, but the potential is enormous, particularly concerning books. Animating children’s books is not, in itself, a new idea — think pop-up books. But to animate a physical copy of a book is very exciting. Tapping an unknown word on our Kindle is an easy way to get the definition quickly, but imagine the same could soon be done with any book off your bookshelf.

 

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