Friday, July 24, 2020

Keighley News unveils how visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum will be in the COVID-19 times:
Timed entry tickets and protective screens will be part of new measures to ensure the safety of visitors and staff amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rebecca Yorke, the museum’s Head of Communications and marketing, said: “The timed tickets will ensure that social distancing between different families or groups of visitors can be maintained.
“This will result in a very special experience, as visitors will effectively have different parts of the house to themselves as they move through the building.
“The route through the museum is already one way, but we will be making some changes to the layout of the shop to ensure that visitors have enough room to browse safely and at leisure.
“It’s very important to us that our staff and visitors feel safe, but we also want people to feel relaxed and able to enjoy the time they are in the museum, so we are taking time to ensure that everything is in place before we open our doors to the public.” (David Knights)
The Brontë-on-the-wall How To Build a Girl reference is still very much in the news:
It’s the 90s, and her only real friends are her poster wall of literary heroes, who come to life like Harry Potter portraits, and are played by celebrities from Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as the Brontë sisters to Lily Allen as Liz Taylor. (Joseph Walsh in iNews)
Johanna Morrigan is a bored 16-year-old stuck in a crowded, working-class house — and when not talking to her Hogwarts-style wall of framed heroines (Lily Allen as Elizabeth Taylor, Mel & Sue as the Brontë Sisters) she dreams of becoming a writer. (Jamie East in The Sun)
Any lawyers in the room? Quarles & Brady LLP talks about the Paycheck Protection Program loans and its tax deductions (we have no idea what we're talking about) and presents a precedent with Brontë implications (like in a good courtroom movie):
The Notice also cited several other authorities in which expense deductions were disallowed because the taxpayer used tax-exempt income to pay for them:
In Christian v. United States an English Literature teacher travelled to England three times over three years in the 1950s to do original research in the area of her particular interest -- the Brontë sisters.[ Christian vs. United States, 201 F. Supp. 155 (E.D. La. 1962).] Her expenses were financed through a fellowship award from the American Association of University Women. The district court found that Code Section 265 disallowed deductions for this travel because the fellowship award was wholly exempt from taxes.
LitHub interviews the author Amanda Brainerd:
What was the first book you fell in love with?
Jane Eyre. I thought it was so romantic. Now my daughters tell me that Rochester threatened to rape Jane and that the book should not be considered a paragon of romance.
Spiked reviews the TV series Normal People. Spoiler alert: she hated it.
Normal People is currently being compared to the great 19th-century novels. The heroines of Eliot and Brontë are nothing like Rooney’s. Jane Eyre has guts. Marianne gives herself an eating disorder. We need authors to tell us truths in the blizzard of reality. Two hundred years on, you can read an Austen novel and find capital calibrated exactly. Everyone knows Darcy’s worth ten thousand a year. Rooney’s heroines think it’s immoral to earn more than 16 grand. (Emily Hill)
Gigwise reviews the latest album by Taylor Swift, Folklore:
In her first ever “fuck”-inclusive song ‘mad woman’, Taylor is telling the story of a Salem ‘witch’; Jane Eyre’s Bertha; herself. On 'betty', she presents a touching teenage love story. (Jessie Atkinson)
NME presents the new video of Cub Sport, Be Your Man:
The track’s stunning music video premiered yesterday (July 23) via PAPER Magazine. The video, directed and edited by Joe Agius, is “heavily indebted” to Kate Bush’s video for ‘Wuthering Heights’, and lead singer Tim Nelson’s look “partially influenced” by a 1969 performance Mick Jagger gave in Hyde Park while in a white dress. (Jackson Langford)
Kudika (Romania) recommends Wuthering Heights:
Această carte este una care te va pune pe gânduri și pe care îți vei dori să o recitești cu siguranță. Este vorba despre o poveste de dragoste dintre doi tineri, Heathcliff și Catherine, a căror soartă făcea ca totul să fie împotriva lor. Este o carte care te va face să te simți în pielea personajelor și care te va captiva încă din primele pagini. (Lorena Martin) (Translation)
Bookriot mentions the Brontës in an article about zodiac signs or something like that. Andalucía Información (in Spanish) quotes a student liking Wuthering Heights. La Silla Rota (in Spanish) mentions the Brontës as writers who wrote using pseudonyms. RadioTimes includes a Brontë question in a general knowledge quiz.

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