If you study the life of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – or Lewis Carroll – you’ll quickly discover an aptitude for word games and logic. It should come as no surprise really; such tends to be the case with all voracious readers. We tend to suck the marrow from each word and phrase, getting the most of every possible meaning – whether it was intended or not. We simply cannot help ourselves.

Stories for children are no exception.

Take the Mad Hatter, for instance; was he really mad? Misunderstood? Or is there something more? Lewis Carroll acknowledged, “I’m very much afraid I didn’t mean anything but nonsense…” But what fun is that? Certainly there must be something more…

For a peak into our own ideas, check out Pat Ryan’s piece posted on The New York Times.

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