Why is a raven like a writing desk?
(Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
The truth is I don’t know. And neither does the Mad Hatter (who poses the question).
In this post, I want to explore connections; the connections our minds make between two seemingly unrelated objects. For Lewis Carrol, in this example, it’s a raven and a writing desk.
As writers, we often take two (or more) unrelated words or ideas and connect them. Say, Iron Age and name drop (two words that I just randomly chose out of a dictionary). And if I attempt to find a connection between them, does it need to be philosophical and/or poetic?