Christmas Lunch and Entertainment 2016 - The annual Brontë Group Christmas Lunch took place last Saturday, 3 December. Around 40 members turned up to enjoy a three-course meal, drinks and entertai...
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Wuthering Heights (1847), Emily BrontëThe Harvard Gazette summarises 2014 at Harvard and reminds us how this year:
Unlucky in love? Try tortured to death by it, as with Brontë’s famous duo Cathy and Heathcliff, who loved not wisely but too well. Set on the wild and windy Yorkshire moors, Cathy’s fateful decision to pick the gentrified Edwin (sic) over her true love Heathcliff plays out in an extraordinary tale of longing and loss that haunts the moors and its inhabitants down through generations. A stage adaptation by Anne-Marie Casey is currently playing at the Gate. (Sarah Gilmartin)
In less weighty matters, Harvard Business School ran a case study on how the pop star Beyoncé markets her brand, and the Harvard Library restored and presented a charming array of tiny books created by the Brontë children.Pacific Standard reviews Muse & A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic by Peter Turchi:
In a footnote I’d like to see appended to every article on Y.A. and every other B.S. genre browbeating, Turchi writes: “Is Toni Morrison’s Beloved a ghost story? Is Wuthering Heights a romance novel? Is Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses a western? … Outside of publishers’ sales meetings, when is it necessary or useful to attach labels to books?” (Casey N. Cep)The Spokesman Review lists books for 'libation lovers':
“Book Girl’s Guide to Cocktails for Book Lovers” by Tessa Smith McGovern (Source Books, $11.99) – This slim hardbound book features 50 cocktails inspired by the works of classic or contemporary writers – from Isabel Allende to Virginia Woolf and Dan Zevin of “Dad Gets a Minivan.” There’s Papi’s Rum Punch for Junot Diaz and “This Is How Your Lose Her” and a gin rickey for F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Great Gatsby.” For Earnest Hemingway and “The Old Man and the Sea,” there’s a mojito. And it’s a beer margarita for Matthew Quick of “The Silver Linings Playbook.” There’s a beverage for each of the Brontë sisters; it’s “negus,” or mulled wine, for Charlotte’s “Jane Eyre.” Each entry includes a short biography of the author as well as an even shorter excerpt, plus additional recommended reading and a photograph. Tessa Smith McGovern is the founder, host and executive producer of BookGirlTV, a popular Web series for book clubs. She teaches writing for digital media at Sarah Lawrence College. (Adriana Janovich)The Buffalo News looks for alternative holiday playlists:
“50 Words For Snow,” Kate BushThe Daily Beast reviews Mallory Ortberg's Texts from Jane Eyre:
Close your eyes, and you’ll instantly be transplanted to the snowy moors, where Cathy still waits for Heathcliff’s return. Deeply romantic and hopelessly elegant, this is classic Kate with a seasonal spin. And again, it introduces something fresh and new to the holiday songbook. (Jeff Miers)
What Would Jane Eyre Sext?A book that the Washington Post recommends for Christmas:
A new book from Mallory Ortberg imagines what literary legends including King Lear and Jane Eyre would have texted. (Jennie Yabroff)
For the classics lover: "Texts from Jane Eyre," by Mallory Ortberg and "Shrinklits," by Maurice Sagoff. Ortberg, one of the founders of the Toast, has had a breakout year, culminating in the release of this very funny book, which recasts classic novels and poetry as text message conversations. My personal favorite? The eccentric dispatches from Emily Dickinson. Pair "Texts from Jane Eyre" with its logical precursor, Sagoff's "Shrinklits," which summarizes some of the same classics in verse. Among the best is his riff on Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House." (Alyssa Rosenberg)The Millions asks the writer Michelle Huneven about her readings (or her listenings as audiobooks) this year:
I then re-listened to Amanda Root reading Jane Eyre, but am presently back to Juliet Stevenson and her stunning reading of To the Lighthouse.
It may have been panned by the New York Times as "Brontë devoid of talent," but E. L. James' blockbuster trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" is about to get the Hollywood treatment.Patrizia Constanzo on Education 2.0 (Italy) talks about books bought on Christmas:
Intanto io stessa compravo libri per me; e per molto tempo, solo scritti da donne: dal romanzo gotico Frankenstein(1831, di Mary Shelley), a Orgoglio e pregiudizio ed Emma (della scrittrice inglese Jane Austen, rispettivamente del 1813 e del 1815), nonché i romanzi Jane Eyre, Cime tempestose e Agnes Grey scritti a metà Ottocento, rispettivamente dalle tre sorelle Brönte (sic). (Translation)Wuthering Hikes continues posting about the history of the Brontë Society and its links with freemasonry. Let It Be Printed posts about how should be Christmas at the Brontë Parsonage.