Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:53 am by M. in , , ,    No comments
Warren Adler vindicates English Literature and Humanities in The Huffington Post:
I have spent a long and fruitful life surrounded by some of the great minds and amazing imaginations ever recorded and continue to populate my content bank with many more. I cannot conceive of a life without the close friendship of great storytellers like Dickens, Trollope, Austin, Hardy, the Brontës, Thackeray, Balzac, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Twain, Harte, and the literary Gods of our own American culture like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Roth, and hundreds of others of equal worth.
Crikey has another extract from For God's Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion, by Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein, Simon Smart and Rachel Woodlock
Feminism has also encouraged the creation of works of art, from the literature of George Eliot and the Brontës — who, like Eliot, had to publish under male-sounding names to be taken seriously — to that of Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel and Toni Morrison. Simply by agitating for women to have access to the same educational and career opportunities as their brothers, feminism has enabled female artists, musicians, novelists, sculptors and film-makers to express themselves and add to the sum of human creativity. (Jane Caro)

Karen Tay in The Stuff's Reading is Bliss wonders why boys don't read as much as girls:
Women have Austen and the Brontë sisters for popularising the image of the literary female. The literary male, meanwhile, is a dying species...literally. Think of examples of male writers. Hunter S Thompson, David Foster Wallace, Ernest Hemingway, Philip K Dick, Truman Capote, all dead either by suicide or by substance abuse.
And Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath...? And Richard Matheson recently died naturally at 87.

La Nueva España (Spain) makes some summer recommendations:
Y, por supuesto, «84 Charing Cross Road» y «24 horas en la vida de una mujer» son lecturas imprescindibles; las clásicas románticas Austen, Brontë, y cada uno lo que le apetezca, yo desde luego nada denso. (Ismael Menéndez Benavente)
The Guardian publishes the obituary of Tom Bailey, solicitor and Brontëite;  the Reading Eagle presents a student and Brontëite; Seclude Charm is reading Agnes Grey; Bookis reviews Wuthering Heights in Swedish. The Brontë Society has released its July enewsletter with a selection of interesting topics:
  • Charlotte's French homework essay comes home to the Parsonage
  • Join our new West Yorkshire members' group
  • Browse our new range of beautiful 'Brontë Botanicals'
  • Live music at the Parsonage, with Ryan Madhok and his cello
  • Thank you, everyone who attended our AGM Weekend!
  • A new 'Wuthering Heights' for Brontë fans in Ilkley
  • 2014 Conference: The Brontës and the Condition of England
  • Diane Lawrenson's 'The Brontë Sisters' wins leading art prize

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