Saturday, May 22, 2021

Writer Patrick McGrath picks his five favourite books for The Week. One of them is
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1848)
Anne Brontë’s novel lacks the romantic grandeur of her sister Emily’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights, but it is, in its own way, just as passionate. The eponymous tenant is a woman with a child, in flight from a cruel, dissipated and faithless husband. A bitter attack on women’s marital subservience, it is also an extraordinary account of the moral and physical decay of the husband.
GQ discusses prequels, sequels, etc. based on books that are out of copyright.
Jean Rhys’ masterpiece Wide Sargasso Sea depends for its existence on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre no less than Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” depends on Charlotte’s little sister.
I mention Wide Sargasso Sea, which in taking as its subject the Jamaican-born first Mrs Rochester heralded a significant trend in modern fiction. The urge to “decolonise the canon” has issued not just from some tedious campus culture wars, but, more productively, in a number of creative attempts to reimagine canonical works from the points of view of those they marginalised. (Sam Leith)
The Lawrentian recommends reading Jane Eyre:
It follows the titular Jane through her various misfortunes in life as she tries to find her place in the world and falls in love with her brooding employer, Mr. Rochester. The novel tackles big themes like classism, religion and feminism, and was commonly brought up in English classes for being a prime example of bildungsroman. Wow, using that word brought me back to Mrs. Sixel’s class. I would recommend this book for those who are avid fans of period romances such as Pride and Prejudice. (Mikayla Henry)
Marvel interviews the creative team behind Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.: Caroline Kastelic, Zoe Miller and Susie Shircliff.
What is your favorite book, movie, or TV show now?
[...]
Caroline: I still love Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. And probably books I read as a young adult, one that’s still my favorite now is Jane Eyre. (Mackenzie Cadenhead)
The Guardian reviews the stage production A Russian Doll at Barn Theatre, Cirencester.
‘Who owns your data?” asks Masha, the tortured voice at the centre of this monologue. Issues of data privacy and misuse are being increasingly raised but rarely show the inner workings of a Russian web brigade that orchestrates disinformation campaigns through anonymous online commentary.
That is what Masha (Rachel Redford) does in Cat Goscovitch’s illuminating drama, based on a true story and co-produced by the Barn and Arcola theatres. She is an English literature student turned troll in St Petersburg. Once a lover of Emily Brontë books, she is now a kind of data apparatchik, paid to gather information on Brits online and then use it to “fuck with their heads” during the EU referendum campaign of 2016. (Arifa Akbar)
The Telegraph and Argus lists 10 of Bradford's best reviewed restaurants according to Trip Advisor. One of them is
Emily's - The Brontë Birthplace
The Bronte Birthplace, 72-74 Market Street, The Bronte Birthplace, Thornton, Bradford
Rating: Five stars out of five from 295 reviews
Type of food sold: Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean
Example of Trip Advisor reviews: howbos12, five stars: "Took my amazing 87 year old mother here for her birthday with my partner. The place oozes history and character and we were so well looked after by genuinely lovely people. The food was incredible!! Beautifully prepared, amazing flavours. I had the nduja salami & mozzarella flatbread which was just spicy enough for me. I had space left for a scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam and a cappuccino!!" (Mark Stanford)
Finally, an alert for later today as reported in Richmond, Indiana, by Richmond Palladium-Item.
Richmond Civic Theatre's Radio Works will perform "Wuthering Heights" before an audience in the Norbert Silbiger Auditorium.
Radio Works is a program that records plays for broadcast on WECI 91.5 FM, according to a news release.
The one-night-only "Wuthering Heights" performance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The adaptation of the Emily Bronte novel follows the plot of the 1939 Samuel Goldwyn movie that starred Sir Lawrence Olivier and Merle Oberon.
"Wuthering Heights" is set in 19th century England and follows the young, wealthy and privileged Cathy Earnshaw and the love affair she shares with the poor stable boy, Heathcliff. "Wuthering Heights" is considered one of the greatest Gothic love stories.
General admission tickets are $5 and are available at www.goRCT.org or by calling 765-962-1816.
Masks will be required and seating will be socially distanced.
Cast members are: Michelle King as Catherine Earnshaw Linton, Dustin Summan as Heathcliff, Robyn Zitnick as Ellen Dean, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre as Isabella Linton, Jackson Thompson as Hindley Earnshaw, Ron Itnyre as announcer and Edgar Linton, Marty Hancock as Dr. Kenneth and Marty Hoelscher as DeMille.
The production team includes: director Marty Hoelscher, stage manager Gypsy Rose, sound designer and engineer Rick Funk, lighting designer Aaron Clarke, Foley artists Aja Smith and Patty Glen and musical director Rachel Phenis. (Mike Emery)
The Times presents some 'new readers':
Lucy is a religious studies teacher. Their sons’ names were inspired by their subjects. They first came across the name St John in Jane Eyre — but stress he is not named after the character.

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