The renowned, even somewhat notorious author, Salman Rushdie was interviewed recently in a children's magazine. The subject was his reissued children's book "Luka and the Fire of Life." During the interview, he was asked what his biggest inspiration came from, and he replied "It comes from many different things, but I feel I am most indebted to Lewis Carroll for everything that the Alice books have given me. Every time I re-read the adventures I am struck with how fabulous they are."

I'm always glad when I read something like this. I am so familiar with the books myself, now, that I find it quite easy to forget that they are amazing. Their amazingness is what drew me to Lewis Carroll in the first place.