Immortal Alice Liddell,
juvenile muse to Lewis Carroll, has starred in a novel by Geoff Ryman, an Ian
Holm film, and a pornographic comic by Alan Moore, among many other posthumous
excursions. Now, bestselling historian Simon Winchester, riffing on the
famed portrait of Alice as a beggar child, seeks to plumb the actuality of her
life and the mysterious relationship with a bookish Oxford don that inspired a
seemingly infinite Wonderland.
May 20: Blue jeans celebrate their unofficial 140th birthday today, the dry goods merchant Levi Strauss and the tailor Jacob Davis receiving a patent on May 20, 1873 for "a new article of manufacture, a pair of pantaloons having the…