Hi Everyone, my name is Bonnie Tulloch. I am a PhD Candidate and 2018 Vanier Scholar in the School of Information at the University of British Columbia. My research focuses on nonsense and sense-making, specifically in relation to children’s and young adult media/ literature. This blog is part of my attempt to find the sense in nonsense. It is a playful and critical exploration of the various logics governing our worlds and our minds. It is an invitation to imagine new ways of thinking. As Dr. Seuss wisely once said, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
But who is to say which end of the telescope is right, and which end of the telescope is wrong?
With that thought in our minds, let us raise our cups and make a toast: Here’s to falling through rabbit holes and looking through the “wrong” end of telescopes. Here’s to mad tea parties, limericks, crazy cats, bizarre encounters, and confusion. Here’s to afternoons spent laughing and critical thinking. We are never too old to play. And we are never too old to learn. Nonsense comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. So all who are inclined, drink up, drink out, drink in! This medicine is fun to swallow.