Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Yorkshire Post lists some of the 'best-kept treasures' in Yorkshire:
Brontë children’s miniature books, Brontë Parsonage, Haworth: Containing thousands of tiny words on each page, these miniature manuscripts are a fascinating insight into the early lives of Yorkshire’s famous literary family. Penned almost two decades before the publication of Jane Eyre they chronicle a fantastical world which the siblings called Arcadia. (Sarah Freeman)
Arcadia? Really?

The Scarborough News reports some of the Blue Plaques that can bee seen in the city:
There are blue plaques in Scarborough commemorating notable figures as diverse as writer Anne Brontë, actor Charles Laughton, First World War poet Wilfred Owen and those remarkable scientists known respectively as the ‘fathers’ of aeronautics and English geology, Sir George Cayley and William ‘Strata’ Smith.
The Stuff reviews Noonday by Pat Barker:
Inserted into the mix, channelling the dead, is a hugely fat, half-charlatan but not entirely fraudulent medium, Bertha Mason (apparently named after Rochester's first wife, the "madwoman in the attic" of Jane Eyre). (Anne Susskind)
Radio Times interviews the Scottish Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon:
Among her chosen records is Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights and Duran Duran’s Ordinary World. (Ben Dowell)
A curious statement in Senego:
Aucune ville en Amérique ne rappelle l’Angleterre autant que la vieille ville d’Alexandria en Virginie. Les maisons et les rues rappellent la Grande Bretagne/Europe en Amérique. Les femmes ressemblent encore aux Anglaises dans les romans des sœurs Brontë. (Fatou Jaw Manneh) (Translation) 
Isthmus reviews the dance piece Prayer:
In Prayer, Thurrell found the perfect score from Arvo Pärt, but not so much in 1996’s Come Months, Come Away. The dated music from composer Geoff Smith reminded of the most annoying sections of the Phillip Glass Koyaanisqatsi score, coupled with a female operatic voice warbling lyrics based on classic works from Shelley, Keats and Emily Brontë. (Katie Reiser)
We discover here how Mallory Ortberg's Texts from Jane Eyre is called in Brazil:
A jornalista Mallory Ortberg criou diálogos imaginários de figuras literárias consagradas por celulares em Troca de mensagens entre Sherlock & Watson e outras conversas dos nossos personagens favoritos da literatura (Record, 29). As mais divertidas são entre Hamlet, um pós-adolescente irritante, e a mãe, a Rainha Gertrudes. (Inexplicável é a versão brasileira do título, que, no original se chamava “Textos de Jane Eyre”; possivelmente, acreditou-se que Sherlock e Watson têm apelo maior no Brasil). (Olga de Mello) (Translation)
Rolling Stone (Italy) quotes Mark Romanek talking about the Madonna Rain video:
«Io, in realtà, rifiutai, perché pensai che la canzone fosse davvero romantica e io non sapevo veramente cosa fare con qualcosa di romantico in quel punto della mia vita», ha detto Romanek per la serie di DVD Director’s Label. Alla fine accettò, e decise di cambiare le cose portando Madonna nel futuro. «Tutto stava guardando indietro, e io ho detto, “Beh, forse sarebbe interessante fare qualcosa di futuristico con Madonna”. La sua reazione a caldo è stata, “Ma questa canzone è un po’ come Wuthering Heights – dovrebbe essere tutto in bianco e nero e romantico. Gli dissi “Beh, è un po’ troppo scontato così”». (Translation)
A publicist with an early edition of Wuthering Heights on NJBiz;  The Sunday Times traces a profile of Michael Fassbender mentioning his Rochester of course; Siris reviews Villette; Don't make me SHUSH you! reviews Jane Eyre. Finally, the Brontë Sisters is really confused by some statements in Claire Harman's biography of Charlotte Brontë that contradict the most recent biographies and seems to go back to Gaskell's first bio.


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