Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Photo by Brian Arch
The Age talks about the Sass & Bide Spring collection as presented at the New York Fashion Week 2014:
Inspired by Emily Brontë’s poem “Often Rebuked”, Middleton created a polished collection which suggests new wisdom for the label. “I wanted to create an almost timeless feel,” said Middleton. “I trusted my instincts and really revisited the spirit and essence of our heritage. (Paula Joye)
CNN praises the Yorkshire charms as it is the Leading Destination in Europe at the World Travel Awards. We hope the rest of the article is more accurate than this:
Yorkshire’s culture is a cut above, too.
And we’re not just talking about the moors around Hawarth (sic) where the Brontë sisters sisters lived, wrote and set some of the greatest fiction of the 19th century.
Not the only blunder to be found today. In Tri-Cities News:
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a mystery set partially within Emily Brontë’s Jane Eyre (!!!), and if you know the story you will recognize and appreciate this literary crime novel. Tuesday Next, as Literary Detective, has the job of finding out who has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction. (Bronwyn Punch)
The research community (particularly the Humanities field) is concerned about the policies of the next Australian government. The Australian remembers:
The best clue to any policy may be in the Coalition's costings, read in tandem with comments last year by opposition finance minister Andrew Robb.
The costings show the ARC worse off by $103 million over four years, with this "reprioritised" to help pay for new work on tropical health, diabetes, dementia and bowel cancer.
Last November Mr Robb argued that in tough economic times, research had to be skewed towards productivity, innovation and growth.
And funding had to be concentrated in fields where Australia had strength.
Mr Robb did acknowledge the claims of multidisciplinary research - mathematics in biology, for example - basic research, and the humanities.
However, his hit-list of "questionable projects" was drawn mostly from the humanities, including work on the history of the emotions, Tom Keneally's readership, and Charlotte Brontë and the Romantic imagination.
Research oriented only to productivity and growth. It's curious how that sounds extremely Stalinistic to us.

The Chilean writer Óscar Contardo writes in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the generation that marked by Pinochet's coup d'état in 40 years ago:
Nor do I remember the first book I read. Those milestones were diluted in my memory and were colonized by other epiphanic moments related to reading: the deep sadness brought on when reading more and more of Miguel Strogoff’s adventures (yes, in my translation of Verne’s classic the protagonist is Miguel) and knowing that inevitably the book would end and I would have to abandon that world of permanent travel; and the intoxicating process of falling in love with one of the characters in Jane Eyre.
Pretty Much Amazing reviews the latest CD by Goldfrapp, Tales of Us:
And “Annabel” could be a contemplative Kate Bush breathing a cold winter frost on her Wuthering Heights. (Miranda Thompson)
Several mostly Spanish websites (such as El País) report the death of the cult film director and comic writer José Ramón Larraz (1929-2013). Apparently in the late 1960s/1970s he published a Wuthering Heights fotonovela (published by Opera Mundi) but we have been unable to trace any information about it.

OpenCulture talks about the transmedia webseries The Autobiography of Jane Eyre; A Fantastical Librarian reviews Alison Croggon's Black Spring.

The Thornton Brontë Bell Chapel Facebook Group alerts us of the following:
Those of you who remember the theft of the gravestones and the press interest, we did a days filming for BBC and it will appear on BBC 1 on Monday morning at 11am. I havnt seen the results so will be recording it.
Finally, an alert from Ephraim, WI:
BOOK DISCUSSION, September 11, 10 a.m. “Tenant of Wildfell Hall” by Anne Brontë. Door County Library, 9996 Water St., Ephraim. (920) 854-2014. (Door County Advocate)

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