Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Independent (Ireland) recommends 'Top 10 Irish Drives: The best scenic road trips in Ireland' and although none of the routes seem to pass through the Brontë Homeland, there is a Wuthering Heights mention in another literary landscape:
1. Poetry in Motion in Yeats Country
Starting in Manorhamilton, Co  Leitrim, take the N16 to the gushing Glencar Waterfall. You’re bang in the middle of Yeats’ “waters and the wild” here, and the literary landscapes continue as you follow the local road along the shore of Glencar Lough, joining the N15 just below the prow of Ben Bulben. Head north here to see the poet’s grave at Drumcliff (“Cast a cold eye...”) and, if time permits, take a spin around Mullaghmore for Wuthering Heights-style views of Classiebawn Castle, before detouring inland towards the epic Gleniff Horseshoe and Benwiskin. It’s hard to believe such a variety of National Geographic-standard views exist within just a few dozen kilometres. From here, the drive back to Sligo takes 35–40 minutes. (Pól Ó Conghaile)
Entertainment Weekly asks bookish questions to Artemis Fowl author, Eoin Colfer.
A book, TV show, movie, or album I revisit whenever I’m suffering from writers’ block I would say it would be mostly music. When I want something to inspire me, I would very often listen to Kate Bush. Me and my brother Paul were huge fans of Kate Bush because she was just so different and we had never heard anything like that. When I was starting to write stories — so in 1978, I would’ve been about 13 or 14 — she was an icon to young creatives because she, at the age of 18 or 19, had already written one of the greatest pop songs [“Wuthering Heights”]. So you just felt, if someone that young could do it, there’s no reason I can’t be doing it. Of course you think like that when you’re young because you believe you have all the talent in the world, but even if you don’t, it certainly spurs you on to try. (Chancellor Agard)
This columnist from Kerrang! might want to reread Wuthering Heights:
Gothic novels like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein dealt with a lot of staring into the sea, reflecting on unrequited love, and the enormous, extraordinary pain of being mortal. To truly be “goth” is to understand the sheer darkness and power of one’s own feelings. (Cat Jones)
Or maybe it's just us who missed all that staring into the sea in a novel set on landlocked moors.

El País (Spain) quotes J.D. Salinger's words in the Book of the Month Club News, 1951. We have tracked the untranslated text via The Independent:
"A writer, when he's asked to discuss his craft, ought to get up and call out in a loud voice just the names of the writers he loves. I love Kafka, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Proust, O'Casey, Rilke, Lorca, Keats, Rimbaud, Burns, E. Brontë, Jane Austen, Henry James, Blake, Coleridge. I won't name any living writers. I don't think it's right."
Town & Country comments on the fact that 'The Great Gatsby's Copyright Will Expire at the End of 2020' and wonders,
Interested in a Gatsby-themed musical? What about a Wide Sargasso Sea-esque version of the story told entirely from Myrtle's perspective? Or maybe a prequel entitled Jimmie Gatz? They'll all be possible next year, and at the same time, free e-books of Fitzgerald's original text are bound to proliferate.
But despite the significant change, Blake Hazard, Fitzgerald's great-granddaughter and a trustee of his literary estate, is ready to embrace the book's next chapter.
“We’re just very grateful to have had it under copyright, not just for the rather obvious benefits, but to try and safeguard the text, to guide certain projects and try to avoid unfortunate ones,” Hazard told the Associated Press. (Caroline Hallemann)
Parade may be our first sighting of Valentine's Day 2020 with a quote (the Valentine's Day quote) from Wuthering Heights.

Laura Ramos, who seems to be the official reviewer of Greta Gerwig's Little Women in Argentina, mentions Robert Southey's letter to Charlotte in a review of the film for Clarín.
Jo March, la heroína, quiere ser escritora en un mundo que piensa como el poeta inglés Robert Southey: “La literatura no puede ser la preocupación de la vida de la mujer, y no debe serlo” (en carta a Charlotte Brontë del 12 de marzo de 1837). (Translation)
El Tiempo (Colombia) interviews Italian writer Paolo Giordano.
2. Si pudiera invitar a dos personajes literarios a tomar una copa o un café con ellos, ¿a quién elegiría?Invitaría a Charlotte Brontë y a Cesare Pavese. Bueno, supongo que no será tan divertido, pero aun así. (Translation)


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