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Professor Sreemoya Dasgupta “Childhood’s Books” recently visited Special Collections. The class worked with at a variety of children’s stories and how they were depicted across time and by various author’s/interpretations. Included was The Jungle Book, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Peter Pan, and “Jack” stories. They analyzed the differences both within and among the texts by viewing first editions, fine press printings, pop-up style, abridged illustrated editions, and Disney editions. For extra credit, students had the option of submitting Tumblr posts, which we will feature throughout the week.

Alice’s Adventures Through Time

Alice In Wonderland, Grossett & Dunlap, 1957

Alice in Wonderland (also known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) has been popular since its inception in 1865. There have been a variety of adaptations, from various different illustrations to alterations of the text. The story has not just survived, but also thrived in the past 150 years. From spin-offs to movies to colorful pop-up books, the illogical, imaginative adventures of Alice have been enjoyed by all ages throughout all this time. The particular Alice book in question is a 1957 version illustrated by Maraja that stays true to the original text by Lewis Carroll. Libico Maraja was a popular Italian post-war illustrator. He was well-known for his works on classic stories such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter and Wendy.

His drawings are rather realistic for a children’s novel, especially compared to some other Alice illustrations kept in special collections. The pictures, while colorful, are often made up of quieter, duller colors, as opposed to bright ones that might draw in a young reader. The text however, is very plain and large, making it easier for a child to read, and the book itself is larger in size, most likely to be easily handled by a child. I also noted that there was at least one illustration on every page of the book, including even the back cover. From Alice growing big and small, the tea party with the mad hatter, and playing croquet with flamingos, every infamous Alice scene is depicted beautiful and detailed drawings.

-Abby Morrison,


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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”


The visual inspiration for the first Twin Shadow music video for ‘Slow’ came from the dark vaults of Calvin Klein’s past. A controversial ad campaign where models were asked uncomfortable questions against a wood paneled wall, inside what seemed like someone’s creepy carpeted basement. Regardless of your opinion about the campaign, you can’t help but feel something when you watch it. What makes it so provocative, unsettling and exciting is the simplicity of the idea, that there is more to the story when the cameras are off.

Simple and sexy seems to be the through line with CK in general and that carries on in this week’s Spring 2016 presentation for the inaugural year of NY Fashion Week Men’s. It seems to me that the clothes are more fitted in order to show off the form of a man. The colors blend with the nature of the season and play well with all skin tones. Much like last seasons nude color scheme, CK have found a deeper version of neutral palettes with a focus on black, linden, white and boxwood. There’s a metallic quality present in the fabrics that gives their minimalist designs a heavy signature that is unmistakably Calvin Klein.

In taking a close look at the collection, I’ve come to realize that these clothes are designed to accentuate the beauty of the male figure and the confident personality of the man inside the clothes.


There are two kinds of love: we love wise and kind and beautiful people because we need them, but we love (or try to love) stupid and disagreeable people because they need us. This second kind is the more divine because that is how God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but He delights to give.
—  C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III , Words to Live By

2017 Reel from Daniel Lewis on Vimeo.

A collection of my works that I’ve shot, edited or AC’d over the past 18 months. Big up to every director, producer, stranger, athlete, parent, client who made these assignments possible.

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Music: Right Here, Right Now | Fatboy Slim

Come near again, Destroyer.
That I may look upon your face and it give me counsel
in shattering.
But it is I who approach and I believe I see him before me.
Behind the mask scented with carnival violets.
Isn’t it urgent to know him before he breaks my bones?
But he takes the question out of my mouth,
he disarms me, scattering me like almond flower petals…
—  Philippe Jaccottet (trans. Tess Lewis) from Seedtime: Collected Notebooks 

“And John Malkovich was there for some reason … knitting.”

In this clip from our supplement, Helena Bonham Carter reveals the less-than-romantic circumstances that surrounded A ROOM WITH A VIEW’s climactic moment:

Tell Commander Lewis, Disco Sucks!

Mark Watney’s go-to disco songs from Commander Lewis’ disco collection + bonus tracks. Featuring the greatest hits of the era including ABBA, David Bowie, Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer. These iconic songs of the late 60′s and 70′s provide an uplifting soundtrack to Watney’s marooning on Mars, an inherently hopeless situation in the award-winning movie The Martian. Perfect to get you dancing, give you a sense of nostalgia, and just for anything hopeful!

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