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Over several months I have been in contact with Long Island New York via an American friend to try and find out if the Queen Ann staircase from Blake Hall, Mirfield, which was shipped out to Long Island in 1958, was still there. (...)The writer Kathy Lette is a Brontëite as told to Marie Claire:
I remember as a little girl going to Blake Hall and the grounds, and sadly it was demolished in 1954. I used to have a copy of the staircase picture and the auction catalogue of fittings for sale, which I could not find.
One big thank you to Mirfield Library for keeping their copy, which was sent along with copies of the staircase image at Blake Hall.
Also thanks to Gary and Marie Peacock from Mirfield.
So Mirfield and Quogue are working together to document this little-known link between us with both sides of the Atlantic working together.
The fruits of the labours will be viewed in Mirfield during the Bicentenary and we’ll keep in contact with Long Island in the future. (Imelda Marsden)
Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontëThe Guardian lists the best theatre performances of the year:
'This is the book that taught me about passion. The Brontë’s write more passionately about love and lust and loss than any other author. I’m so addicted; I’m now a walking Brontosaurus.'
There have been lots of terrific ensembles too: the wonderful young cast in Turfed, a show about football and young homeless people, at Hackney Downs Studio as part of LIFT, the cast of Sally Cookson’s Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic (Craig Edwards wins the award for best dog of the year)[.] (Lyn Gardner)The January 2015 issue of Uncut has an article about how Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights was first recorded:
Musicians who performed on and produced Kate Bush’s debut single, “Wuthering Heights”, recall the sessions in the new issue of Uncut, dated January 2015 and out now.
Produced by Andrew Powell, the track gave Bush a UK No 1, despite her having to force EMI to release it as her debut.
“We arrived at the studio, Kate introduced herself, and Andrew said, ‘Sit down and play them the song’,” remembers guitarist David Paton, “and that’s how it was done. She sat down at the piano, said, ‘It goes like this’, and just played.
“We were all gathered around the piano with our jaws dropped, because it was a stunning performance. Faultless, absolutely faultless, and she could do that time and time again. It sounded fantastic, there was just a great vibe in the studio.”
David Paton: Talking about Cathy and Heathcliff was so clever. I didn’t like to ask her, “What’s this song really about?” That book must have had a huge impact on her to influence her in that way, but she kept her vision to herself. A lot of artists you work with, you usually find that they’re besotted with themselves – like Freddie Mercury, all he could do was talk about himself all the time. She wasn’t like that at all. She didn’t say, ‘”I want to do this and that, me, me, me, me.” She wasn’t that kind of person at all and that in itself was very refreshing.The Daily Beast interviews Daphne Merkin, author of The Fame Lunches,
Speaking of the literature you love, the Bloomsbury writers crop up in your collection repeatedly. There are also essays on Jean Rys, Sylvia Plath, the Brontës, and Henry Roth. Does your heart belong to another period?Batman News reviews the new issue of Batman'66:
(...) In my book group, right now we’re reading Elizabeth Bowen. British, of that same period [as Virginia Woolf]. But I like certain contemporary writers—I did a long piece on Claire Messud’s last novel, which I liked and did not have any problem with the supposedly unlikable narrative. I guess I like slightly headier fiction. I’m reading now Martin Amis’s book, which is set in a concentration camp. I can’t decide whether it’s audacious and it works or it’s just audacious. Something about it I admire and something about it I find unpersuasive. Within a concentration camp, would someone make a joke about the number, the tattooed number? Some of it amazes me, in fact, that he’s tried this. But, even given the necessary suspension of disbelief, does it work? He also has a propensity to use clanking words when he could have used simpler ones. So I keep circling them. I was a book editor for six years. I always read like that. (Mindy Farabee)
The second story, “Bats, Books, and Crazy Crooks,” is a bit weirder. From a script by series regular Jeff Parker and pencils from Richard Case, it features a welcome return from Batgirl battling it out with Bookworm. Sadly, no appearance from the Emily Brontë-saurus. (Jay Yaws)El Universal (Venezuela) talks about innocence and guilt:
En La Vita è Bella el protagonista hace lo indecible para que su hijo preserve la ingenuidad y la inocencia en medio del horror de la guerra. En Cumbres Borrascosas uno termina entendiendo qué convirtió a Heathcliff en un ser cuya vida estaba inspirada por la venganza. En La Lista de Schindler el empresario llora y dice "pude hacer más". Es quizás la frase más poderosa de toda la película. (Soledad Morillo Beloso) (Translation)The Bend Bulletin recommends a local performance of The Mystery of Irma Vep; Half-Filled Attic discusses if Jane Eyre is a story of being independent or being needed; Dashing Good Books is beginning a Wuthering Heights readalong.