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For You to Know and Me to Find Out

While looking up information on Martin Gardner earlier this year, I noticed that one of his Mathematical Games columns in Scientific American was about a game called Eleusis. While I can’t find his article, at least not in any format … Continue reading

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Button-Bright Illumination

The other day, I came across a link to this bit of Oz fanfiction about Polychrome finding Button-Bright in Philadelphia and taking him to Mo. It fills in some gaps in his story, since The Scarecrow of Oz has him … Continue reading

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Don’t Hate, Annotate

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a copy of The Annotated Alice, with annotations by Martin Gardner. I found it incredibly fascinating, and I later read his Annotated Hunting of the Snark as well. I don’t think I’d … Continue reading

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Etymology in Oz

I bought a few old Baum Bugle issues at OzCon in Portland, and they have some interesting content. There was apparently a sometime recurring feature called “Footnotes to Oz” that explained names in the Oz series, written by Jerry Tobias. … Continue reading

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From Olympus to Oz

As a fan of both the Oz books and classical mythology, I have an interest in works that combine the two. Such stories are often controversial, though, both for religious reasons and because crossovers always bring in a lot of … Continue reading

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Even in the Most Encroaching of Darkness, There Is Always, Always Oz

I’ve managed to get my hands on a few Oz books recently. In fact, I still have a few more to go. The ones of this batch that I’ve read so far are about as different in tone as possible, … Continue reading

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Tweedle Twaddle

You probably know Tweedledum and Tweedledee from their appearance in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and works derived from that. You may also know that they’re characters from a nursery rhyme. What are the origins of this poem? As is … Continue reading

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