Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bloody Amateurs

Julie McDowall in The Herald on Sunday talks about the latest installment of Dr Who and, in general, about fans:

But perhaps that's the way the fans like it: they want their own tight-knit community packed with in-jokes and references which we outsiders won't get. And that's fine. I respect that. I get the same sense of exclusivity when my resident geek confuses Emily and Charlotte. I can stroke my laminated Brontë Society membership card and think 'Hah! Bloody amateurs.'
The Greenville News reviews a local production of Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep:
 The magic involves two actors portraying eight characters, male and female, in this farce by Charles Ludlam that zestfully satirizes Victorian melodrama and dark-hued films such as “Wuthering Heights” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca.” (Paul Hyde)
Sheila Kohler's Psychology Today article talks about why are we fascinated about celebrities:
 In my own case I was fascinated by Charlotte Brontë, another heroine from my youth who had first written a book, “The Professor” which few people have read, which was turned down by publishers again and again and even humiliatingly rejected when her two younger sisters’ books, “Wuthering Heights” and “Agnes Grey” had been chosen. Yet she then went on to write “Jane Eyre,” sitting in a darkened room beside her bedridden father when he had his cataracts removed. What enabled her to go from this first novel, written from the point of view of a rather unsympathetic man, to “Jane Eyre” where she dared to write in the first person, as a woman, a governess, taking on a persona nearer to her own?
Points Communs (France) highlights the importance of John Irving's The World According to Garp:
 "Le Monde selon Garp est le roman qui fit le plus de bruit dans les années 70 et apporta à son auteur un succès plus que mérité. Un des quelques livres que je relis épisodiquement sans me lasser (avec Le livre qui fit le Jane Eyre… eh oui !). (repassera) (Translation)
Kölner Stadt Unzeiger reviews a concert of the band Get Well Soon:
Zufällig ist an diesem Abend nichts. Selbst der Song, der läuft, bevor das Light im Saal gedimmt wird, ist mit Bedacht augewählt. Es erklingt "Wuthering Heights" von Kate Bush, und sofort  ist man noch besser eigenstimmt auf das, was kommen wird. (Martin Weber) (Translation
The Daily Telegraph describes as 'winsome' Juliette Binoche's take on Cathy in Wuthering Heights 1992; Reading Bukowski vlogs (not a typo) about Brontë Country.

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