Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Daft, enjoyable and fun

The Border Mail interviews John Purcell, known in the literary world as Natasha Walker:

What men can learn from Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters (...)
'A lot of guys I know will stay in the men's section. They'll read their Cormac McCarthy and their Martin Amis and they will return again and again to this cul-de-sac of maledom. But once I crossed over to reading women authors, I never crossed back. The greatest propagandist for moral behaviour is Jane Austen. I fell in love with Fanny Burney, Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës, then I found George Eliot - the list goes on. (...)
[In The Secret Lives of Emma] ''There's a bit of Hardy, a bit of The Count of Monte Cristo, it's got a bit of Les Miserables and the craziness of the Brontës.'' And, yes, Dickens. (Linda Morris)
The Telegraph & Argus has local news which will be interesting for visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Some of the district’s most high-profile allotments have been handed over from Bradford Council to parish councillors, who want to make sure they show off their village rather than detract from it.
Haworth Parish Council has now taken over the operation of the village’s two allotments – at West Lane and Rawdon Road – and will be speaking to plot holders in the next few weeks to ask for help in tidying up the sites. The parish council have good reason to care about how the allotments look – the West Road allotment is directly opposite the entrance to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, birthplace of the literary sisters and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the district.
And the Rawdon Road site is on a picturesque spot overlooking much of the village. (Chris Young)
Edinburgh Festivals reviews The Full Brontë! Literary Cabaret:
The structure of the show could be better – but it is daft, enjoyable and fun. I don’t think I will ever forget the sight of Brammy (sic) hurling leaves to Wuthering Heights in a misplaced attempt to recreate the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors. (Claire Smith)

Examiner interviews the writer Lorraine Zago Rosenthal:
Which authors inspire you?
I admire and have been influenced by so many authors. One of my all-time favorite authors is Emily Brontë. I love Wuthering Heights because of its emotional intensity and Brontë’s ability to make me understand and sympathize with characters who aren’t necessarily likeable.
Fashionising talks about the Thornfield in Flame photoshoot which we posted about some time ago:
If Jane Eyre Wore Neon. The Gothic, castellated mansion that Jane Eyre so grieves to leave in Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel – a departure which is necessary “like looking on the necessity of death” – represents the very life she has lived, temporarily, and must leave behind. Thornfield Hall is the name of that place, and Marco D’Amico’s shoot Thornfield in Flame leaves no question of it’s inspirations. (Tania Braukämper.)
A list of literary songs on woot!:
Not only was this recreation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights Kate's big debut on UK radio, it was also a song the next generation first heard in Vice City. So if it doesn't sound right, try to pop some popcorn and pretend it's the police firing at your stolen car. Then you'll start feeling the nostalgia. (Scott Lydon)
The Globe and Mail reviews Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield:
Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights, a Harlequin novel, a sext message. Everything anyone has ever written or read about love is a hymn for a time that has come and gone. (Carly Lewis)
HitFix Awards talks about Conversations with Screen Composers BAFTA series.This year one of the chosen composers is Dario Marianelli:
Count on hearing his Joe Wright collaborations in some detail, but I hope room is made for his less widely celebrated work -- including what I maintain is his career-best (if wholly unrewarded) score for Cary Fukunaga's 2011 "Jane Eyre." (Guy Lodge)
The Wausau Daily Herald informs that Jane Eyre was beaten by To Kill a Mockingbird in the Literary Smackdown of the Marathon County Public Library;  Tara Maya posts about Charlotte Brontë opinion about Jane Austen; Brussels Brontë Blog posts about a visit to Banagher to trace the Irish roots of Arthur Bell Nichols; Thoughts on Books reviews Syrie James's The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë.

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