Thursday, May 24, 2018

Leeds List recommends a trip to Haworth as one of '10 Undeniably Awesome Summer Days Out'.
A historic village that mixes nature and culture
Haworth is the perfect place for a day of summer exploration, a wonderful mix of culture and nature. Just under an hour away from Leeds, you can start the day with a unique trip – an 18-minute steam train journey from Keighley.
Once there, your first port of call will be the old Haworth Parsonage, where the Brontë family once lived. It’s been turned into a museum and is now an absolute treasure trove for bookworms. Across the road, you can have a breather in The Old White Lion, where they serve real ale and classic pub grub, before going on a bit of an adventure. The Parsonage is a great starting point for walks along the Brontë Way – it’s 43 miles long in full, so you can’t do it all in one day, but you can see local landmarks like Brontë Falls, Brontë Bridge and the Brontë Stone Chair. (Joseph Sheerin)
The Washington Post also longs for the summer and asks several authors what they are planning to read.
Meg Wolitzer, author, most recently, of  “The Female Persuasion.”
This summer I hope to read a blend of old and new, as I usually do, including Lauren Groff’s short-story collection “Florida,” Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness” (which I haven’t read since college but have been thinking about again since Le Guin’s recent death), and two debut novels: “There There,” by Tommy Orange, about urban Native Americans, and “Laura & Emma,” by Kate Greathead, which apparently has a “Mrs. Bridge”-like quality, so count me in. Also, I would like to make time this summer for Charlotte Brontë’s “Villette,” a book I love. (Nora Krug)
Noisey features Kate Bush's song Cloudbusting, 'a universal anthem for the summer months'.
In fact, “Cloudbusting” is just one of many examples of Bush’s gift for taking a narrative (think, even, of her most famous song “Wuthering Heights”) and reinventing it for her own purposes, to make more all-encompassing points.
HeadStuff has interviewed poet Zaffar Kunial:
1) Thanks Zaffar for agreeing to this interview, to begin with who were/are your biggest poetic influences in writing ‘Us’? Oh that’s hard to answer briefly – so many quite different poetic influences, and not all from poets. I was thinking recently how many novels and novelists I’d quoted or mentioned in ‘Us’ — Austen, Ishiguro, Rushdie, Emily Brontë, Dickens, Mary Shelley, and Hanif Kureishi whose ‘Buddha of Suburbia’ was the first novel I’d ever read, when I was nineteen. Perhaps the references to fiction and stories reflects how I came into thinking about ever writing a book – and how novelists were the first writers I looked up to, even though it felt more possible for me to aspire to write a poem than to feel at home in prose. (Sam Murphy)
Coastal Journal features a newly-opened restaurant in Bath, Maine, called No Coward Soul.
[Owner Johnny] Lomba also imbued the very bones of the restaurant with his love of poetry. You’ll find Emily Dickinson’s “Tell All the Truth But Tell it Slant” inlaid into the bar itself, and the restaurant’s name is from the poem, “No Coward Soul,” by Emily Bronte.
One intuits that Lomba’s love of that poem—“a steadfast statement, about someone who is not afraid of anything, not death or dying”—has been something of a personal compass.
“The Skinny experience gave me a different perspective, a way to think about arts in the community and how it’s presented, what people can tolerate, and what people are really interested in,” Lomba said. (Lorry Fleming)
The Ringer writes a post about Philip Roth, who died on May 22nd.
He is not primarily known as a writer of American gothic, but Ghost Writer is a trippy foray into the private life of writers. A very merry Nathan Zuckerman is haunted by something throughout the book, but Roth subverts the gothic genre by refusing to introduce gloom or trepidation. Instead, Nathan prowls the private life of E.I. Lonoff with glee and curiosity. It’s an unexpected combination that would have stunned Emily Brontë and been unrecognizable to Mary Shelley, and that is why Philip Roth is a master.
The Fine Times Recorder posts about Polly Teale's Jane Eyre at Studio Theatre Salis­bury. My Jane Eyre Library features a 1923 limited edition of the novel with lithographs by Ethel Gabain.

Finally. staff from the Brontë Parsonage Museum went to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 to see the Emily Brontë roses.


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