Alice's Problem

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It took me a while to figure out what was bugging me about what was going on with the Alice collaboration, with what I was writing, with what other people were creating.

Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carrol) wrote another story in his time after "The Looking Glass," which was universally panned as sentimental and uninteresting. It lacked the driving force behind Alice's success:

Satire.

It was satire of the then-modern mathematical theories and concepts of logic that drove Dodgson to write as he did, which inspired so much excitement.

Perhaps I am not looking closely enough, but I have not yet seen any satire in the Alice collaboration. And perhaps that's what the work needs before it can take off.

Created: Mar 17, 2010

Tags: alice in wonderland, through the looking glass

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