Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015 3:03 pm by M. in , , , , , ,    No comments
Caitlin Moran chooses in The New York Times Syle Magazine her ten favourite books:
Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Brontë
So many important life lessons to be learned here: how to triumph, despite being a working-class girl; how to hold on to your sense of self; how, if you fancy a handsome rich man — way above your social stratum — who’s already married, if you wait a while, his castle might burn down, killing his wife and making him blind, and then you can have him, having played the long game.
Halifax Courier describes a walk from Oxenhope to the Pennine Way and Hebden Bridg:
Turn left as the path gently climbs to meet the Pennine Way at a finger post, one of several hereabouts with both English and Japanese script reflecting the worldwide interest in the area’s association with the Brontë sisters from nearby Haworth. Go left up the Pennine Way to arrive at the ruin of Top Withins after a few yards. This makes a fine spot for a refreshment break with stone benches outside offering expansive views should the weather permit. (...)
Top Withins is popularly thought to be the Earnshaw home depicted in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights but there is no actual evidence of this. What is not in doubt is that the sisters knew the area well and the house and its remote location may have offered them inspiration in their literary work.
Yorkshire Evening Post list several great Yorkshire novels:
Yorkshire has produced numerous great writers over the years including Alan Bennett, Joanne Harris, JB Priestley and, of course, the Brontës.  (...)
Wuthering Heights
Heathcliff, Cathy, the moors ... these names and places are famous all over the world, even to those who have never read this book.
Wuthering Heights is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of fiction ever written. Emily Brontë’s haunting tale about the doomed love between Cathy and the tormented Heathcliff, whose heartbreak propels him into a quest for revenge that reaches across generations, still grips readers nearly 170 years after it was first published. Emily, like her famous sisters, wrote the majority of her work at their home in Haworth.
Teddy Jamieson covers the Edinburgh Book Festival talks for The Herald and mentions Alison Case's on Wuthering Heights:
In a way Alison Case is declaring the book a public space with her new novel Nelly Dean. The title character is, of course, the servant girl in Wuthering Heights. And so this new story is one that is created in the gaps Case, an academic specialising in 19th-century British literature, found in Emily Brontë’s novel.
“I really believe in the imagination as a collaborative space,” she said when fellow writer Tracey Chevalier asked her about the audacity of taking on Brontë. “It’s not the solitary genius creating art out of nothing. The Brontës had a collaborative imagination.”
That said, she admitted, “I would not like to be waiting to read Emily Brontë’s review.”
The Debrief on sexism in the musical industry:
Looking on stage, it's a Pandora's box too epic to open here assessing whether the hyper-sexualised females at the front are ultimately objectified or empowered, but from the moody-faced noodling session guitarist to the inanely grinning DJ pressing and twisting all those difficult buttons and knobs, technical know-how still seems best left in the boys' capable hands. Of course there are exceptions, but the fact is there are still extraordinarily few female producers, (some feel they have to release under a mans’ name to be recognised - for example Trance artist Hybrid Factor (real name Aimee Bailey) used to be pictured as her brother Steve Bailey. The Bronte sisters will be relieved to hear she goes as Aimee B now). (Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots)
Sometimes reality is even more bizarre than our wildest dreams. Uproxx reports:
 CBS and two writers from The Blacklist are developing a crime procedural, where the iconic Mark Twain characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are adults who solve mysteries in modern-day St. Louis. (...)
But whatever your feelings, I’d ask you to keep them to yourself, at least until I can get my script about Jane Eyre entering the world of modern-day competitive dirtbike racing into the hands of someone at CBS. Gimme a week. (Danger Guerrero)
More bizareness. Lyrics from a Britney Spears songs. Bustle lists some of the weirdest:
"Dear Diary" From Oops... I Did It Again (2000).
This might be one of Britney's creepiest songs. Something about the lyrics, which I assume are supposed to be romantic, strike me more as Wuthering Heights kind of scary. (Maitri Mehta)
Anime News Network talks about the Japanese writer Edogawa Ranpo:
All of the episode titles and plots are taken from Ranpo's short stories and novels, updating them so that we still get the shock value that the works had back when they were written. This means two things, basically: 1) that some of the originals get lost in translation and 2) that literary purists can find themselves getting really annoyed. Now, you can modernize the Brontës and Elizabeth Gaskell over my dead body, but Ranpo's works are intended to be shocking and, in some cases, sexually deviant. (Rebecca Silverman)
La Liberté (France) reviews the first season of the TV series Penny Dreadful:
Développement de l’industrialisation, épanouissement de la médecine et de la biologie, avec la parution des travaux de Charles Darwin, l’époque victorienne se révèle très prolifique. Des écrivains comme Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde ou les sœurs Brontë contribuent également à sa richesse. (Aurélie Lebreu) (Translation)
We don't see the point of this comment on Elle (Serbia):
Proričite sudbinu kao Mr. Rochester u Jane Eyre
Zanima vas astrologija, mistični svet? Za ovaj potez vam nije potrebno ništa sem mašte i dobre volje da usrećite druge. Jer, koliko god čudno zvučalo kada ljudi otkriju da umete da gledate u šolju ili proričete budućnost sešće odmah u vaše društvo. A kada im kažete kako ih čeka "spektakularna" budućnost, usrećićete ih kao da su dobili na lutriji. (Translation)
Ginger Honey reviews Villette.  


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