Saturday, June 27, 2020

The York Press has local photographer Nikki Bowling tell about her favourite parts of West Yorkshire.
Another favourite place is Haworth where we always visit the Brontë Museum and walk up on the wild moors above the village.
According to The Canberra Times, 'some books don't make good films'.
Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights is a tougher nut to crack: its wildness and strangeness have been tamed, lest it seem overly melodramatic. The 1939 film with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon is good, but it's not quite the book (or even the half of the story the film covers). (Ron Cerabona)
Speaking of films, The Irish Times features actress Emma Mackey and mentions her future role as Emily Brontë.

WGBH shares some trivia facts about actor Al Weaver, who's
9. A bibliophile, Weaver’s favorite books include classics like The Picture of Dorian Grey and Wuthering Heights, as well as contemporary classics, like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and American Gods. (Andrea Wolanin)
In The Sydney Morning Herald, writer Leah Swann shares the four books that changed her, including
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
With its chilling mystery, gothic atmosphere, visceral writing, social commentary, religious critique, host of adversaries, ethical dilemmas and subplots, I found this story of how Jane – a "free human being with an independent will" – falls for the magnetic Rochester and then chooses near-starvation over bigamy to be a fascinating and enlightening demonstration of how character is shaped by conscience.
Los Angeles Times features Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel, Mexican Gothic.
But Moreno-Garcia isn’t just rattling off genre signifiers. The author’s postcolonial spin on the gothic tradition evokes the usual suspects: Daphne du Maurier, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, even Anne [sic] Radcliffe. Like those authors, Moreno-Garcia works in a tradition in which chills and thrills tap into elemental cultural fears — runaway science, carnal passion. But to these she adds a more politically inflected horror, both ancient and timely: A racist will to power. (Bethanne Patrick)
A BBC News contributor recommends the art installation The Visitors.
What I had just seen was wonderful: a romantic work of art with the spirit of a Brontë novel; made by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and eight of his arty mates from Reykjavik. They were each stationed in a separate room of a down-at-heel mansion as they sung in synch a lament ("Once again I fall into my feminine ways") written by Ragnar's ex-wife, the poet Ásdis Sif Gunnarsdóttir.
If the work is ever installed near you, check it out (you can watch it on YouTube but it's not the same). The piece is called The Visitors, a homage to Abba's last studio album by an artist who credits the band as an influence. (Will Gompertz)
Romper recommends baby names with a literary twist such as
1. Heathcliff
The perfect name for the brooding baby who loves to toddle through the wild, endless moors. This of course comes from the Emily Brontë classic Wuthering Heights, about the tragic love affair between Catherine and the dark, tortured Heathcliff. It means, well, "cliff near a heath", and it's a name that inspires drama and passion. Or if your baby is way more chill than all that, you can just call him "Cliff". (Alice Emory)
Silver Petticoat Review lists '10 Fantastic Reasons to Watch the 1983 Jane Eyre Adaptation'. On the Brontë blogosphere, both Brontë Babe Blog and AnneBrontë.org celebrated Branwell Brontë's birthday yesterday.

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