Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Brontës practised more deeply

The Observer asks several gurus about bright ideas to help you make the most of 2010. Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, is one of them:

"In 2006, I saw a newspaper clip describing a Russian tennis club with one indoor club that had produced more world top-20 women players than the entire United States. I was instantly intrigued, so I persuaded a magazine to send me there to write about it. I saw a curious pattern – specific types of practice, coaching and motivation." Coyle found that these patterns were replicated in other talent hotbeds. "Tiny places that produce statistically impossible numbers of talented people" – from a music school in Dallas to the home of the Bronte sisters. The book's argument is that, "All these places are successful for the same neurological reason. They are factories for building high-speed neural circuitry, which is the essence of high performance. They don't just practise more, they practise more deeply."
The Pottstown Mercury presents a new production of Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Forge Theatre in Phoenixville, PA (opens next January 8).
Murder and mayhem run wild in this over-the-top horror spoof written by Charles Ludlam. Stealing from film classics like "Wuthering Heights" and "The Mummy's Curse," the script bristles with horror-movie themes — a fog-shrouded moor, a mysterious mansion, a werewolf's howl, an ancient curse, a mummy's tomb — and a large cast of quirky characters.
The Hindu uses Virginia Woolf to give advice to new writers:
Perhaps every aspiring writer should be told to read Virginia Woolf's statement: “without the early writers, Jane Austen and the Brontes could no more have written than Shakespeare could have written without Marlowe, or Marlowe without Chaucer …”, to understand that literature does not begin and end with ourselves. (Shashi Deshpande)
Tri-County Times recommends reading Jane Eyre in a library, Austenesque Reviews gives a 5 out of 5 to Syrie James's The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë (she participates in the All about the Brontës Challenge like Gofita's Pages), enyarwen posts her pictures of Scarborough on YouTube.

Finally the Valve poses the following and pertinent question about Wuthering Heights:
How did Wuthering Heights ever come to be thought of as a paradigm of intense romantic love that, alas, could not be fulfilled?
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