The Wall Street Journal follows the work of the photographer Ourit Ben-Haim:
The free-lance photographer creates surreptitious portraits of the New York riders as they turn their book pages, publishing the results on her website.Her work, including the yoga devotee and Brontëite picture can be found on her blog Underground New York Public Library.
Ms. Ben-Haim has captured a teenage boy with a gold chain flipping through "A Wrinkle in Time," a yoga devotee consumed in "Jane Eyre," a young woman sharing headphones with a friend while immersed in "The Iliad." (Jackie Bischof)
GB Book Club announces Ben Hecht's House Party next June 25 in Chicago:
With such titles as "Scarface," "Some Like it Hot," Wuthering Heights," and "A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago," on his resume Ben Hecht is one big name. And he, like many other similarly prestigious men and women of the pen, spent much of his early career writing right here in Chicago. Ben Hecht's House Party, set to take place next week, on June 27 at 7pm, in the writer's former Hyde Park home at 5210 S. Kenwood Ave., is no doubt one of the more unique events you'll have an opportunity to attend in the foreseeable future. And perhaps the last opportunity of its kind as the house is about to return to private residence status. (Claire Glass)Keighley News talks about Rebecca Chesney's Hope's Whisper exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Artist Rebecca Chesney has produced a series of screen prints relating weather patterns to key dates during the literary sisters’ lives.Paste Magazine presents the video for Sun Kil Moon's Black Kite:
As part of her research, she read letters and novels by the Brontës and examined local historical weather records, cross-referencing those with present-day data she obtained by installing a digital weather station at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
She also worked with a group of “weather collectors” at Haworth Primary School.
Rebecca analysed the number of times each Brontë sister described a particular type of weather in their novels, to identify the elements that each most frequently drew upon – Charlotte precipitation, Emily wind and Anne sunshine. This research formed the basis of The Three Bells sculpture, which will be exhibited in the parsonage garden. Bell was the sisters’ writing name.
And the weather was frequently mentioned in the sisters’ personal correspondence.
Charlotte’s references to the changing weather became more urgent in her letters throughout 1848 and 1849 as she lost her three siblings one by one to consumption. It was hoped that the milder climate of Scarborough might help to improve Anne Brontë’s condition, but it was not to be, and she died there in May 1849.
The six-minute video is basically a sequence of greyscale footage of Wuthering Heights-ish natural landscapes with some special effects placed on top. It’s a soothing—and, again, emotionally heavy—experience. (Lane Billings)Tim Mickleburgh remembers his holidays back in the seventies in the Grimsby Telegraph:
The following year we were at Scarborough, and a now closed guest house called "The Cliff".San Francisco Chronicle lists best love stories in film since 1968 including Jane Eyre 2011 (number 45):
Putting was one of my favourite leisure activities, while we went up Oliver's Mount and took photos by Anne Brontë's grave.
Though whether that was in 1970 or 1971 I can't be sure, as we stayed in Scarborough the following year also, and in the same place.
Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester and Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre in the romantic drama Jane Eyre, a Focus Features release directed by Cary Fukunaga.The Seatlle Post-Intelligencer lists romantic films before 1968 and tangentially mentions Wuthering Heights 1939:
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in on the night Leigh won an Oscar for "Gone With The Wind," Feb. 29, 1940. Count this picture as standing for Leigh in "Waterloo Bridge" and Olivier for "Wuthering Heights." (Mick LaSalle)Boyd Ronkin gives his opinion about the announced erotic retelling of Jane Eyre in The Independent:
Just when we thought that the post-Fifty Shades of Grey spurt of erotica could not get much sillier comes news of Jane Eyre Laid Bare, a debut novel by Eve Sinclair which its author calls "an erotic version of my favourite classic". As if the original by Charlotte Brontë (pictured) were not one of the most sulphurously sexy works of fiction ever. As if a dose of pulp could compete with everything that readers have done with Jane and Rochester in their imaginations since 1847. Perhaps we need a counter-trend: chaste versions of erotic classics. How about Lady Chatterley's Neighbour, in which a polite gamekeeper discusses the dire effects of industrialisation with his employer over an innocent pot of Earl Grey?The Minnesota Public Radio announces the rebroadcast of Wrapped Up in Books in The Current Presents where
[Andy] Scheiber brings both a book-lover's and a songwriter's perspective, helping make connections from artists like Blur, Bob Dylan and the Strokes to such writers as John Keats, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Aldous Huxley. We even find a song that was inspired by William Shakespeare and Charlotte Brontë.The Guardian has a quiz with rain in literature. Do you remember this scene?
Check out the entire playlist by tuning in to the rebroadcast of "Wrapped Up in Books" on The Current Presents, this Sunday, June 24, at 9 p.m. (Luke Taylor)
A livid, vivid spark leapt out of a cloud at which I was looking, and there was a crack, a crash, and a close rattling peal; and I thought only of hiding my dazzled eyes against Mr X’s shoulder. The rain rushed down. He hurried me up the walk, through the grounds, and into the house; but we were quite wet before we could pass the threshold.” Whose romantic moment is interrupted by a storm?ActuCine (France) presents the French trailer (in VOST) of Jane Eyre 2011 (French premier: July 25, 2012). The (hilarious) French poster (where Michael Fassbender seems to play Jane Eyre's role) can be seen here and on the right.
Books4fun reviews both Jane Eyre 1970 and Jane Eyre 1973; Becky's Book Reviews posts about Jane Eyre 2011; Angieville is waiting anxiously for the release of April Lindner's Catherine (January 2013); this post on stuff your eyes with wonder is now being reblogged on tumblr.