9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters

Allegedly, the Snark hunting crew consists of ten members (MG017). Is that so? Martin Gardner (MG046) told us that “Phyllis Greenacre thinks that the ten members of the crew represent the ten children of the Dodgson family.” However, I think that to Dodgson/Carroll in his private life there was nothing important to be referred to … Continue reading “9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. Also in this issue, Goetz Kluge makes the case that a seventeenth-century engraving may have influenced Henry Holiday’s last illustration for The Hunting of the Snark. Goetz’s excellent blog about all things Snark is at http://snrk.de/ … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

Lace-Making

Did you know that lace-making is evil? 273    The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade— 274        Each working the grindstone in turn: 275    But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed 276        No interest in the concern: 277    Though the Barrister tried to … Continue reading “Lace-Making”

This is no Cigar

Martin Gardner wrote in his Annotated Snark (1962, MG064) about Henry Holiday’s almost surreal illustration to the final Snark chapter: Thousands of readers must have glanced at this drawing without noticing (though they may have shivered with subliminal perception) the huge, almost transparent head of the Baker, abject terror on his features, as a gigantic … Continue reading “This is no Cigar”

Truth isn’t Truth

I can prove that Joe Biden stole the election. What I tell you three times is true! (MG007) Let’s check the rumors. The following program counts assertions in order to check whether they are true. As everybody knows, assertions become facts if they have been told three times. The input to the function “atLeastThrice” is … Continue reading “Truth isn’t Truth”

Nose is a Nose is a Nose

  More links related to my Snark article in the Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X) of the LCSNA, Fall 2017, № 99: The article is online in academia.edu, in archive.org and also here in snrk.de (with permission of the Knight Letter editors). As a bonus, four additional images have been attached to that online version of … Continue reading “Nose is a Nose is a Nose”

Burning the Baker

  The images below (click on them to read more) are related to my little article in the Knight Letter № 100 (July 2018, ISSN 0193-886X, published by the LCSNA).   Knight Letter № 100 Thomas Cranmer’s Burning Unhiding the Hidden Eschatology Article 42 in the 42 Articles For Feedback: Twitter 5 | Twitter 4 … Continue reading “Burning the Baker”

Bathing-Machines

Snarks have five marks: The fourth is its fondness for bathing-machines,       Which it constantly carries about, And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes—       A sentiment open to doubt. [The New Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford], of the best of Dodgson’s Oxford squibs, a good humored but … Continue reading “Bathing-Machines”

Snark Hunters

Google: past week LC Forum lewiscarrollresources.net Children’s Theatre Reviews Herbjørn Andresen BaconJudge (redditor) Philo M. Buck Michael Everson Thomas Farley Günther Flemming Mary Hammond Karen Gardiner Martin Gardner Markian Gooley Marco Graziosi Amy Green Henry Holiday Doug Howick Nina Lyon Angus MacIntyre Adriano Orefice Klaus Reichert Louise Schweitzer Mahendra Singh William Skaggs Oliver Sturm John … Continue reading “Snark Hunters”

Carroll’s comments on an Oxford Belfry

In The New Belfry of Christ Church, a certain “D. C. L.” wrote: § 7. On the impetus given to Art in England by the new Belfry, Ch. Ch. The idea has spread far and wide, and is rapidly pervading all branches of manufacture. Already an enterprising maker of bonnet-boxes is advertising ‘the Belfry pattern’: … Continue reading “Carroll’s comments on an Oxford Belfry”

Nose is a Nose is a Nose

A Snark article in the Knight Letter (with lots of help from the editors Chris Morgan and Mark Burstein) Source: Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X), Fall 2017, Number 99 When I wrote this article, I failed to mention that already in 1973 Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The Field of Nonsense that a line in Carroll’s … Continue reading “Nose is a Nose is a Nose”

Carroll Tackles Vivisection

It’s National Poetry Month? Nonsense! […] April 9, 2018 [Author: Matt Dilworth] mdilwort […] Yet nonsense poems, and Carroll’s in particular, often carry significant political undertones. For example, in Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark”, he tackles vivisection and the role of anthrocentrist activities in scientific pursuit. […] Yes, I thought so.   MG019, MG050 … Continue reading “Carroll Tackles Vivisection”