If summer is the season for shoot-em-up action flicks, then winter is the time for romance. Now a new study backs that up, finding that movie lovers tend to gravitate to romantic movies in the cold weather in hopes it will make them feel warm.
“Miss Austen’s novels … seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and narrow. The one problem in the mind of the writer … is marriageableness.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen (via myimaginarybrooklyn)
“And Troy’s deformities lay deep down from a woman’s vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surface; thus contrasting with homely Oak, whose defects were patent to the blindest, and whose virtues were as metals in a mine.”—Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.”— Woody Allen, Love and Death
Charro in action (CC photo by Lamazone courtesy of Flickr)
Charro is the name for the traditional Mexican cowboy, or horseman, that originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco. While a Charro is commonly known as the horsemen wearing colorful and quite intricately decorated costumes, the term vaquero is more common throughout Mexico and into the United States.The Charro, however, is a very popular and romanticized figure in the Mexican culture.
Kate Rockwell, also known as ‘Klondike Kate’…became the most recognized entertainer associated with Dawson City. By showcasing Kate as the main attraction and scheduling various acts on the bill, Pantages quickly developed the impresario skills needed for his Pantages theatre chain - which brought big-time vaudeville to Victoria.
It’s not only Jane Austen whose novels have incited a craze of sequels and adaptations. The Brontë sisters, too, have their ardent supporters—Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 classic, “Jane Eyre,” alone has inspired a bevy of homages, including Jean Rhys’s “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1966), Jasper Fforde’s “The Eyre Affair” (2001) and of course the obligatory horror spinoff, “Jane Slayre” (2010).
Margot Livesey now pays her own tribute with "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" (Harper, 447 pages, $26.99), which relocates “Jane Eyre” from 19th-century northern England to remote 1960s Scotland…
Probably not a news flash, but, this guy is funny. As it so happens, I myself have employed a similar work process.
Did Maira think of the objects, or did you?
She told me some objects she wanted to paint, and I suggested some others, and then we would meet at her apartment, and make a pot of coffee, and we would get overly caffeinated and jumpy, and then we wouldn’t really talk about the objects, and then it would come time to get a cocktail, and then we’d realize we hadn’t done a speck of work, we’d just talked and talked, and then we’d get together via email and do it all at the last minute.
I cannot believe this is the first I’m hearing of this. I love Birdsong! I love that it was referenced in one of my favorite episodes of Vicar of Dibley (in which she meets Richard Armitage and calls him, “you towney bastard.”). I LOVE that Birdsong has finally come to screen!
Love and Death on the Western Front
Sunday 22 January 2012
Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) finds it all quiet on the Western Front
…Now Birdsong finally arrives as a two part drama to BBC One for broadcast on January 22 and January 29. The two leads are the very handsome pair of Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy, who star as the passionate young lovers Stephen and Isabelle, the screenplay is by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame) and advance word is that it is a gripping and faithful adaptation of the book. But it will have its work cut out to better the novel that was number 13 in a 2003 BBC poll to pick the favourite UK novel of all time…
Inside the List
By GREGORY COWLES
Published: January 20, 2012
FEMALE POWER: Jayne Ann Krentz’s latest paranormal romance, “Copper Beach,” is new on the hardcover fiction list at No. 8. Krentz is no stranger to this page — she’s had more than 30 New York Times best sellers — and with her success she has become a vocal defender of the romance category as a whole. In interviews, she talks about the genre’s link to the “heroic tradition,” and as far back as 1992 she edited a cultural studies anthology, “Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women,” in which she argued that romances were by nature both feminist and subversive: “Readers understand that the books celebrate female power. In the romance novel … the woman always wins. With courage, intelligence and gentleness she brings the most dangerous creature on earth, the human male, to his knees.”