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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in a Drug Induced Psychotic Haze Author: Lewis Carroll I’ve been wanting to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland since encountering the Cheshire Cat’s delightful conversation with a confused Alice a few years ago. The quote, which is on a delightful magnet in the entrance to my cube at work is: “‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here.’” Something about the esoteric insanity, the tongue-and-cheek sardonic nature of the leering cat and the little girl who keeps making increasingly bad decisions seemed charming. For [...]

2022-12-29T09:23:08-07:00December 27th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , |

Now Is Not the Time to Panic

“Is that why we do anything in this life? To feel it vibrate along the line that starts at birth and ends way way way after we die?” Author: Kevin Wilson I would’ve loved to have met Kevin Wilson when he was a kid. I imagine he was angsty, awkward, quirky and brilliant—because he populates his novels with children and teenagers that are, well, angsty, awkward, quirky and brilliant. They’re unlike any other characters I’ve come across in fiction, and I want to pull them into my arms and hold them safe forever. Case in point: in his original, devastating, [...]

2022-12-20T08:33:37-07:00December 20th, 2022|Tags: |

Barchester Towers

Drawing Room Drama and Religious Reactions Author: Anthony Trollope In Trollope’s second installment in The Chronicles of Barsetshire, the little town of Barsetshire is alive with drawing room intrigue, this time set along the lines of respectable holy war. The long-lived Bishop of Barchester has recently vacated his post and this life, resulting in a scramble for primacy among the backstabbing candidates. This results in a brand-new bishop, the lamentable (and viciously hen-pecked) Dr. Proudie, who is disgustingly low church and comes with his sidekick and supporter, the Reverend Slope. As Slope fights Mrs. Proudie for the right to rule the [...]

2022-12-20T08:42:00-07:00December 12th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , |