Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Dewsbury Reporter acknowledges the active fight of campaigners to save museums in Kirklees, particularly the Red House Museum:
Passionate campaigners have told Kirklees Council why they think two threatened museums should be saved from the axe.
Under budget cuts the historic Red House Museum in Gomersal and Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park face closure.
But people have come out in force to oppose the idea before the deadline for residents to share their views with the council ended on Sunday.
Around 1,700 people have put their name to a petition to keep the Gomersal museum open, and the Friends of Red House submitted a report which gave 20 reasons why the site should not shut.
Chairwoman Jacqueline Ryder said: “We were always hopeful that the council will recognise the importance of Red House not just in North Kirklees, but for Yorkshire and, with the Brontë connection, internationally as well.” (...).
Adele Poppleton, Head of Active and Creative Communities said: “We are currently collating the responses but will not have a final figure for the number submitted until the end of the week.
“We will then analyse all the responses, before preparing a report to cabinet, which will be discussed on September 20, 2016.
“At this meeting, the council’s cabinet will look at the responses to the consultation, alongside financial analysis and other information, before making a final decision about the future of the Museums and Galleries service.
“If the decision is made to withdraw the museums service from some buildings, then the council will be inviting expressions of interest from anyone who wants to take over.”
Keighley News reports that the Brontë Parsonage Museum is a Pokéstop:
The computer-generated creatures can be seen milling around the museum as part of the smash-new mobile phone game Pokemon Go.
Brontë Society spokesman Rebekah Yorke said: “The museum is a ‘Pokéstop, although visitors do not need to be physically in the museum to catch Pokémon.
“We are delighted that families and young people might be ‘lured’ up Church Street and encouraged to look around the museum, but will be monitoring how interest in the game develops to ensure the visitor experience is not spoiled for others.” (David Knights)
The Daily Express lists facts about tigers, including this unexpected but very true fact:
9. Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre, had a cat called Tiger. (William Hartston)
Fastcodesign presents a poster by PopChartLab where you can keep track of your readings:
The poster features 100 literary classics, with covers partly obscured by gold foil. Since the point is to scratch that foil off as you read the books, there's going to be some easy wins here. Pop Chart Lab is no bunch of fools: They know they need to play to the back rows, as well as the balconies.
For instance, Lord of the Flies by William Golding? Every kid has to read that in freshman English class. Same goes for Brontë's Wuthering Heights, George Orwell's 1984, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. (John Brownlee)
The Australian talks about the new film adaptation of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. One of the actresses and producer of the film is Julia Stiles who is remembered in her role in Ten Things I Hate About You:
In 10 Things I Hate About You — a 1999 teen-movie riff on The Taming of the Shrew, in which Heath Ledger made his US debut — Stiles plays a serious young woman, a rebel with a cause. At home, she’s reading The Bell Jar, chafing against an over-protective father; in the classroom, she’s unhappy about having to discuss Hemingway, and tells her English teacher why. “I guess in this society being male and an asshole makes you worthy of our time. What about Sylvia Plath or Charlotte Brontë or Simone de Beauvoir?” she demands. (Philippa Hawker)
Uncut remembers how Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights song was born:
Her only No 1, “Wuthering Heights” was inspired by a BBC mini-series of Emily Brontë’s Gothic novel. Haunted by the image of Catherine Earnshaw’s ghostly hand outside the window – “Let me in! Let me in!” – Bush wrote the song at the age of 18, shortly before beginning work on her debut album, The Kick Inside. “I was in my flat, sitting at the upright piano at about midnight,” she told her fan club in 1979. “There was a full moon, the curtains were open, and it came quite easily.”
The fact that Bush shared her childhood name (Catherine) with Earnshaw, and a birthday (July 30) with Brontë, fostered a sense of cosmic kinship with the subject of “Wuthering Heights”, a bond acted out when she recorded the song with members of the Alan Parsons Project. (Graeme Thomson)
Bustle vindicates the Bathsheba Everdene character in Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd:
When we discuss early feminist heroines in literature, we always mention Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre, and Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch, but very rarely do we talk about Bathsheba Everdene. I think we should. (...)
Her hard work proves triumphant when her farm becomes a financial success. She proves to all the naysayers that a woman can run a successful farm. Bathsheba takes pride in knowing that she can succeed in a traditional male business. Like, Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Eyre, and Dorothea Brooke, she was clearly ahead of her time and unafraid to disrupt the status quo. (Gabriella Gianbanco)
The Irish Times talks abou the Harry Potter saga:
Rowling didn’t invent the school story, after all. Sarah Fielding’s The Governess (1749) or Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby (1838) or Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) all set the scene for what was to become a much-beloved genre in children’s literature. (Claire Hennessy)
 The Waterloo Record describes the musician Eric Burdon like this:
Make fun, if you must, but the Newcastle hellion was a force of nature in the early days of Beatlemania, like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, tapping into some ancient Id monster every time he unleashed his soulful, gritty vocals. (Joel Rubinoff)
The Denver Post reviews the novel Miss Jane by Brad Watson:
After that, Jane enters her own fungous life cycle, develops her own rituals. Her mother teaches her to cook while her father lets her roll his cigarettes, and Grace takes advantage of having a younger sister whose innocence is boundless. Dr. Thompson gives her books to read — Brontë, Flaubert — and continues explaining Jane’s biology to her. These moments of pure honesty ground the book in the reality of medical conditions that, a hundred years ago, changed lives permanently. (Aditi Sriram)
Outlook India reviews the novel The Gospel of Yudas by K.R. Meera:
A remarkable feature of Meera’s work is how she employs the traditional tropes of romance to tell a sordid tale. Juliet’s infatuation, Cleopatra’s sublimated self-serving passion, Juno’s competitiveness, Heath­cliff’s brooding stance: all come together to present the reader with an unsettling gospel on love. The commandment is clear: thou shalt love only when the taste of blood is beknownst to thee. (Nishtha Gautam)
Stabroek News (Guyana) has a Wide Sargasso Sea reference in an opinion column:
Because of my eclectic ethnic extraction, like the character Antoinette in that novel about identity, Wide Sargasso Sea, “I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all.” I am certain many Guyanese can identify with this. I have never felt threatened by another person’s race and I hope no one has felt threatened by mine. (Sherod Avery Duncan)
Bernur (in Swedish) posts about a Swedish translation of Emma, the final fragment by Charlotte Brontë. Chocabooks (in Polish) reviews Jane Eyre. Ahiin (in Russian) posts about Wuthering Heights 2009.

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