One of the most famous literary riddles in literature is also the most frustrating … because it came without an answer! In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter poses this puzzle to Alice:
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
Eight other head-scratchers (with answers to all) at “9 of History’s Best Riddles.”
* Steven Wright
As we puzzle, we might spare a thought for Terry Southern; he died on this date in 1995. Best remembered as a novelist and screenwriter– Dr. Strangelove, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid, Easy Rider, Candy, and The Magic Christian, among others; Southern’s work on Easy Rider helped create the independent film movement of the 1970s. But perhaps as importantly, Tom Wolfe credits Southern with inventing New Journalism with the publication of “Twirling at Ole Miss” in Esquire in 1962.
Southern, photographed by Stanley Kubrick