I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

There is something extremely comforting in the writings of a mathematics professor that take the world's logic and twist it in such a bundle even the jabberwocky could not untangle it.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Lewis Carroll – Maths Magic Mushrooms

Professor Charles Dodgson is a fun guy. (Here. I got my mushroom joke out there, and we can start)
There is nothing more obnoxious then a small boy reciting strange nonsensical rhymes in a semi obsessive manner. The only thing that prevented me from living with a permanent wedgy is that I was never really small, even as a boy. I was almost addicted to Alice in wonderland for the better part of my preteen years.

There is something extremely comforting in the writings of a mathematics professor that take the world's logic and twist it in such a bundle even the jabberwocky could not untangle it. And yes, I was aware to the fact Lewis Carroll was actually Charles Dodgson, a renowned math professor in the most prestigious college known to man. Yes, I was THAT obnoxious.

Lewis Carroll was a genius on many levels, but most of them, well, we have to admit, quite boring. There is a famous story about the queen reading Alice in wonderland and in her excitement asked him to send her EVERYTHING he wrote, which ended up in a huge shipment of text books on algebra and differentials.


When you are describing A shape, or sound, or tint; Don't state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things With a sort of mental squint”
 

If humor is indeed a sign of intelligence, Dodgson was the living proof of that. True, now he is that dead example of it, but nobody is perfect. Creating new worlds with a solid internal logic is something that a lot of great writers did and still do, and is an amazing talent. Creating new worlds with a liquid internal silliness is pure sublime artistry.

 
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
 

As I write these words my brain starts to swell up with joy as verses and lines bounce inside my head reminding me I haven’t opened my copy of the annotated Alice in almost a decade. I have been too busy with all this adult world out there.

 
But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice. "Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."
 

And THAT is Alice in wonderland, a book that was written for a small girl by an aging academic who suddenly found a refuge from adult society, from the strict laws of math and physics, a mirage of pure fun in the midst of a very serious life, a permanent black on white well written never ending sunny Sunday afternoon by the riverside in the midst of grey mundane existence.

 
It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits."
 

And I found refuge in these books with him. First in Alice in wonderland, and wonder it was, then later through the looking glass (which brought a lifelong passion for chess, the game of kings, which considering my miserable level of playing clearly proved I far from royalty) and the inevitable crescendo with the hunting of the Snark. (I don’t even talk about jabberwocky as some things should really be kept for therapy sessions…)

If you haven’t read Lewis Carroll's books? Stop everything you do and go read them.
If you have read Lewis carols' books? Stop everything you do and go read them again.I know this is what I am going to do now. I already have a stupid grin on my face just thinking about it.
But the most important life lesson Lewis carol taught me?

 

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!"

 

http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html

http://www.literature.org/authors/carroll-lewis/the-hunting-of-the-snark/chapter-01.html