February 18, 2014 |
If Charles Dodgson could have seen into the future, we might never have had "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. " Dodgson, of course, was the mathematician who penned the books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. During his lifetime, his identity as the "Alice in Wonderland" author had become known -- although he would have preferred it hadn't. "All that sort of publicity leads to strangers hearing of my real name in connection with the books, and to my being pointed out to, and stared at, by strangers , and treated as a 'lion,' " Dodgson wrote in a previously unpublished letter.
March 4, 1998
Today was a very happy day for me after reading Ruth Reichl's personal story, "Go Ask Alice" (Feb. 25). I was swept into someone else's life. It felt magical. Ms. Reichl's family history shows us how very much we need each other through the good times and the bad times. I only wish that I, too, could have dined with Aunt Birdie and Alice. NANCY TORRECILLAS Beverly Hills Ruth Reichl's article, "Go Ask Alice," was wonderful. The storytelling reminded me of M.F.K. Fisher (one of my favorite authors)
March 4, 2010
"Alice in Wonderland" Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, to find her true destiny and to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. "Brooklyn's Finest" In the course of one chaotic week, the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation. "Liverpool" A merchant sailor returns to his home in Tierra del Fuego after spending most of his life at sea. "Ran" A reissue of the 1985 Akira Kurosawa film about a warlord and his three sons, who find themselves struggling with greed and betrayal.
September 11, 1987 |
"In my book, it's called 'Alice in Wonderland,' " a young audience member announced as Robin Scott's new play "Alice in Numberland" began at the California Museum of Science and Industry. Faithful to Carroll's classic and to his interest in numbers (he taught mathematics), Scott's play is a clever take-off aimed at demystifying math for elementary school-age children.
April 4, 2013 |
The beauty of a well-told fable is typically in its airy brevity, with a moral sharp and bittersweet. Ramaa Mosley's feature debut, "The Brass Teapot," has Aesopian pretensions with its supernatural-themed story about the titular vessel's darkly magical effect on the lives of a young, financially strapped married couple, played by Juno Temple and Michael Angarano. But the conceit - the teapot fills with money when harm is inflicted in its presence - is treated less like a starting-off point for something wise to say about societal masochism than an opportunity to indulge in weakly cynical jokes and aggressively ouch-y humor.
January 1, 2001 |
I am spending most of my holiday season handling--reading, deleting, answering--about 3,500 e-mails, and right now I am about halfway through. As I read all these e-mails, I am thinking of lots of advice for the writers. Of course, I write from the position of someone who already has broken one of the cardinal tenets of e-mail: Answer your mail. So please take this column in the spirit intended: Someone far from perfect is trying to pass along some helpful advice.
August 21, 2011 |
The Todds "When we were trying to sell 'Austin Powers,' we got a lot of pushback," Suzanne Todd recalls. "A studio head at the time [took] the point to call himself to say to me, 'Passing on this project, and I also want to tell you as your friend that I think this material is disgusting and you're a nice girl and you shouldn't sully you career by taking on this kind of material.' And I remember thinking, not only was that a pretty aggressive pass, but I was sort of insulted by the idea that he needed to look out for me. " The Todd sisters have produced some big hits, including all three of the "Austin Powers" movies, "Memento" and "Alice in Wonderland.
November 2, 1986 |
In his survey of Louis Auchincloss' work, Christopher Dahl shrewdly remarks that Auchincloss "may be at his best when he writes about the past," and that for his "most acute commentaries on contemporary life, one must turn to his short stories." This may explain why Auchincloss' latest addition to his long list of fiction--a hasty count yields at least 28 previous volumes--is not only a novella but a deliberately Jamesian novella.