Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday Dog Ears

This week's Dog Ears include a movie about John Keats, an essay on "self" in literature, and more:
  • Jane Campion's Bright Star, a film about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne, is now in theatres.  As much as I would love to see it, I will restrain myself until it comes out on DVD.
  • Nancy Rawlinson over at The Faster Times wrote a fairly right-on piece entitled "Writing Advice: How to Embrace the Suck."  I so need to keep this in mind this winter, as writing is just about the only winter sport I take part in.
  • Emily St. John Mandel's essay over at The Millions, "Working the Double Shift," about working full-time while also writing in one's free time, is both accurate and not particularly surprising, for anyone who actually does work full time and write at all.
  • Conservapedia reports the creation of the Conservative Bible Project.  Most interesting is the intention to un-do the recent "emmasculation" of the Bible, as well as removing the liberal-created "adulteress story."
  • Random House has begun publishing a new edition of Frankenstein which they credit to "Mary Shelley (with Percy Shelley)."  I'm torn as to whether this is a good idea or not--it's true that Percy influenced his wife's writing, but the fact that he is named (when he really only edited the final draft) undermines Mary's standing as a writer.
  • Yet another list of essential reading has been released, this time from Penguin Publishing under the name "10 Essential Penguin Classics."  The company is also hosting a sweepstakes drawing for all ten of the titles--if anyone cares.
  • J.C. Hallman wrote an essay entitled "The Exuberant Self" which argues that stripping the "self" from literature--as most literary critics are apt to at least try to do--is in direct conflict with what writers have always tried to do, which is illicit a response from the self in every reader.

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