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Lewis Carroll’s Revolt against “Reality”

“Alice in Wonderland” was Carroll’s protest against Victorian society.

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Lear’s Nonsense Perfect for Children

My grandson’s tiny body and large head brought to mind Edward Lear’s Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo.

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Using Fantasy to Take Back Time

Fantasy appeals to us as we chafe against machine-imposed reality, including machine-imposed time.

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