Sunday, November 19, 2006


I've gotten a few emails from "readers" (e.g. my friends) who have tried to post comments & been unable to (see below). So I thought I'd post them here:

From a friend in London:
I loved your reviews. I guess my favorite one is about Alice in
Wonderland. I am reading it now for the first time. Can you
imagine? I loved the statute in Central Park; I've seen a soviet
cartoon, an interpretation of the book; I've heard so many quotes
from it, but never read it.

And from Toronto:
Love the review of Gosford Park. Love the bluestocking reference. Love the fact that I'm not the only hypochondriac around …
Tried to leave a comment saying that Toronto has a great mystery bookstore called "Sleuth of Baker Street" which you should definitely check out next time you're in town (if you haven't already). But it asked me to set up my own blogger account, and I got scared and ran.
p.s. What about a section on your blog called: 'old lady travel tips'? e.g. best places to visit in Country X if you're into old-ladyish tendencies?

And via the telephone:
Re: The Alice Review. "I feel that Alice wasn’t really trying to go home – that’s more from the Disney movie than the book – she didn’t really seem to care where she went after she found the rabbit. She was even kind of nonplussed when she found him and she found him pretty early on … but anyway, I don’t think she ever seemed to care if she got home at all."

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And to these I say: Hurray that so many people read and love "Alice." Yes, I agree that the idea that she was really trying to get home was inserted by the Disney people in order to add some solid American sentiment to the story, while the original book is cheerfully amoral about her lack of desire ever to return to the bosom of her equally indifferent family. As for the Soviet cartoon, I desperately want to see it!
Now, old lady travel destinations were part of my original concept for this blog, and I'm so glad someone else thinks it's a good idea. Anyone who wants to write a review of old lady travel sites is welcome to. In the future, look for old-lady tourist destinations right here in New York City to soon grace the pages of this blog (I'm thinking the Frick Collection, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and Governor's Island, among others ... old lady restaurant reviews, too).

Thanks, Bluestockings!
Spinster Aunt


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