The Real Alice in Wonderland Circa 1862, and Our Favorite Culture Links on the Web

Over at The Retronaut they’re featuring a gallery of images of Alice Liddell circa 1862. Who is that you may ask? Well, it’s only the young girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (a text that you can download from our collections of Free eBooks and Free Audio Books). If the mention of the great children’s tale warms your heart, we’d encourage you to re-visit Maria Popova’s guest-authored post, Alice in Openland, which has all kinds of great related material — readings of Alice by Cory Doctorow, film adaptations of the story from 1903 and 1915, and much more.

And now let’s give you some of our favorite culture links on the web, all recently featured on our Twitter stream. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Jerry Seinfeld Sends a Letter to the New York Times

Junot Diaz, Natalia Almada and 21 others named MacArthur Fellows for 2012

Schedule of Stanford’s Upcoming Massive Open Online Courses

David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King Archive Now Open

Damien Echols Recounts His Time on Death Row & His Journey to the Other Side. Audio.

24/7 Look at What’s Happening at the Famous Abbey Road Street Crossing

This is Your Brain on Jane Austen

The Poetry of the Piano. A Master Class with David Owen Norris

The Best Books on the Beatles, According to The Guardian

Minimalist Posters Celebrating Six Pioneering Women in Science

Pussy Riot’s Lawyers Lecture at NYU Law School

Salman Rushdie Writes in the New Yorker on Living Under a Fatwa

Bill Murray Portrait Made from Articles about Bill Murray 

Scholars “Excavate” the Lost Sounds of the Hagia Sophia

Andy Warhol Surf Flick to Debut 44 Years After Filming Started

New Edition of A Farewell to Arms Includes 39 Different Endings Written by Hemingway

A Violin Once Owned by Goebbels Keeps Its Secrets (and the Nazi’s Looting of Precious Instruments

The Filming Locations of Annie Hall Reveal How New York City Has Changed

A Young Bertrand Russell Guards His Time. No Wonder the Marriage Didn’t Last

“Politics in Music” (Emory) added to our list of Free Courses Online

Stephen Colbert’s High School Yearbook Page

Between the Raindrops: The Irish Countryside in Timelapse

Skydiving Into Burning Man



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