Sunday, March 24, 2013

Brontë Fix

The Sunday Times lists Leeds as one of the best places to live in Britain (in the Culture section). One of the reasons:
A little further afield, there's the National Media Museum, in nearby Bradford, and Haworth, for a yomp and a Brontë fix.
Also in The Times, Melanie Reid tells about her fight to recover from a serious accident but not without humour:
This time, the family refuses to cut it off. A friend uses most of a tub of detangler on it and tames it into a small, severe ponytail at the nape of my neck. Very Jane Eyre it is, too. With dreams of a Mr Rochester long gone. I'm glad there are no mirrors here.
Michael Robbins talks in the Chicago Tribune about books that he hasn't read:
I haven't read "To the Lighthouse." I haven't read "Jane Eyre." I haven't read Byron's "Don Juan," not the whole thing anyway. (...)
Everyone has a list of books they've been meaning to read. Here's a sampling of Michael Robbins'. .
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Don Juan by George Gordon, Lord Byron
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Copenhagen Post doesn't seem to know who wrote what:
 I am using a MAN’S PEN! Surely I would find it so much easier to write about feminism if I had a pink or purple gender-designed BIC FOR HER?    
I pictured the three Brontë sisters at their house in Yorkshire writing their novels.
Suddenly Charlotte throws down her pen in exasperation:  “Oh dash it! I can’t seem to write ‘Wuthering Heights’ today. There is something wrong with Heathcliff. What about you, Emily dear?
“I have the same dilemma, dear sister − Jane Eyre seems to be so one dimensional. And you, Anne?”
“It is true, my sisters. I cannot seem to write. Perhaps what we need is a pen made especially for women!  If only someone would invent such a pen − preferably in a pastel shade, like pink or lavender − which would fit comfortably in our tiny lady-like hands, and then perchance we might become the most famous writing sisters in English literary history.”
They all sigh. “It will never happen in our lifetime so we must soldier on using a man’s pen and hope for the best.”
Perhaps this is a trivial matter compared to violence against women, but we should also not forget how products like these (and pink Lego for girls) create markets for things that women don’t need. (Vivienne McKee)
Les Lectures de Lilas (in French) reviews Agnes Grey; Between the Pages posts about Eve Marie Mont's A Breath of Eyre.
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Let's end looking at the weather conditions yesterday in Haworth. The snow unfortunately caused the Parsonage to close, as reported on their Facebook page:
I've never had to say this before but, but THE PARSONAGE IS CLOSED TODAY [23rd March], DUE TO SNOW. Sorry, but we just can't get enough staff there to open up. Personally, I have a five-foot drift across my back door. How are the rest of you doing?
A tweet from Ponden Hall also comments on the snow and its consequences:
Snowed in at Ponden for the 1st time in years, the unfortunate coincidence being that we are completely out of wine! 
And some food for thought from Haworth Calendar:
So, this time last yr we were in t-shirts but remember what the summer was like! In 76 it snowed in April! Remember that summer! #Justsaying

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