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|Tuesday, April 16th, 2019|
|Sunday, March 17th, 2019|
|Sunday, February 24th, 2019|
|Charles Dickens: Rochester Expy?
C&Pd from the New York Times, because the Venn diagram of my friends includes people who are interested in Dickens, Jane Eyre, or both. I don't make the news, I just report it:
Charles Dickens Tried to Banish His Wife to an Asylum, Letters Show
“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other,” wrote John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century English literature at the University of York in England.CreditCarl Court/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other,” wrote John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century English literature at the University of York in England.CreditCreditCarl Court/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
By Palko Karasz
Feb. 23, 2019
LONDON — As a great novelist and a master journalist, Charles Dickens maintained tight control over what the public learned about his 1858 separation from his wife, perhaps the most scandalous story in his eventful life.
But letters revealed this past week cast the episode in a new and cruel light. Dickens, they suggest, not only sought to banish Catherine, his companion of two decades and the mother of his 10 children, while pursuing an affair with a young actress, Ellen Ternan.
He also tried to have his wife imprisoned in an asylum.
“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other,” John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century English literature at the University of York in northern England, wrote in The Times Literary Supplement on Tuesday. The article accompanied the publication of an analysis of letters held at Harvard.
Dickens, a celebrity in his own time, was careful of his image and legacy. In the 1860s, he burned the letters and papers of 20 years on a bonfire in his back yard. Many of his contemporaries acted similarly. Still, scholars and biographers continue efforts to pierce the privacy of his life and his relationship with women.
The circumstances of the separation have inspired fiction, biography and a feature film, “The Invisible Woman,” starring Felicity Jones as Ms. Ternan, the lover kept in the shadows while Dickens maintained the image of a Victorian family man.
Mrs. Dickens herself rarely spoke of the separation. Nearly a decade after her husband’s death, she confided in Edward Dutton Cook, a theater critic and her neighbor in Camden, north London.
The letters Professor Bowen analyzed were based on those conversations and, according to the professor, are some of the first documents discovered that present her perspective.
Dickens fell out of love with his wife, Mr. Dutton Cook wrote in a letter. “She had borne 10 children and had lost many of her good looks, was growing old, in fact.”
“He even tried to shut her up in a lunatic asylum, poor thing!” Mr. Dutton Cook continued. “But bad as the law is in regard to proof of insanity he could not quite wrest it to his purpose.”
Dickens may well have been in a position to sideline his wife in this way. Many Victorian physicians, Professor Bowen wrote in The Times Literary Supplement, would have considered assertions about his wife’s “languor” and “excitability” sufficient basis to draw up a certificate of “moral insanity.”
According to other letters in the same collection, Dickens also had what might have seemed an ideal connection: a friendship with Dr. Thomas Harrington Tuke, a psychiatrist who ran a private lunatic asylum near London.
But correspondence suggests that Dr. Tuke rebuffed Dickens. After 1864, the novelist was calling the doctor a “wretched Being” and a “Medical Donkey.”
The collection of 98 letters from Mr. Dutton Cook to a journalist friend, William Moy Thomas, was bought at auction in 2014 by the Houghton Library at Harvard. According to Professor Bowen, the collection provides a vivid picture of literary life of the late Victorian era.
“This is a great man who set out to do good in life and he did do great things,” Claire Tomalin, who has written biographies of both Dickens and Ms. Ternan, told The Times of London this past week. “But when he went off the rails, he started behaving very badly.”
“Reading the material was quite difficult to be honest,” Professor Bowen wrote in a statement from the University of York.
“Dickens is a literary great who I have studied and admired for many years but some of the letters made very uncomfortable reading.”
|Thursday, February 14th, 2019|
|Tuesday, February 12th, 2019|
|Tuesday, November 20th, 2018|
|Monday, November 12th, 2018|
|Florida/Georgia Recount Actions
C&P from Indivisible:
Even though the election ended Tuesday, votes in key races across the country are still being counted. And the races for Florida Senate, Florida Governor, and Georgia Governor aren’t over yet.
Trump and his administration are working double-time to silence crucial votes, and we can’t let that happen now, or ever. We need to be sure that all ballots that were cast, including all vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, are counted. And volunteers are needed ASAP in these efforts.
Here’s how you can help.
It only takes a few minutes to sign up to make a difference in these crucial elections. No matter where you live, you can sign up to volunteer for Georgia ballot counts. Here’s the info:
What: Make calls to voters in Georgia to make sure their vote is counted!
Where: Wherever you are! You just need a computer and a phone to start making calls
When: TODAY! Monday, November 12 until 9:00pm ET
RSVP: Sign up here to make calls here and find detailed instructions here if you don’t have a login for OpenVPB (we promise, it’s easy!)
If you live in or near Florida, your support is needed there as well! Don’t live nearby? Forward this email to someone you know in Florida or a surrounding state, or share on Facebook or Twitter:
What: Volunteer for the Florida recount efforts (organizing, operations, data, and other skills needed!)
Where: Across the state of Florida
When: Wednesday, November 14 through Sunday, November 19, multiple shifts per day
RSVP: Sign up to volunteer with the Nelson for Senate campaign here
We need all hands on deck to make sure every vote is counted in these crucial races. So if you can, please sign up to volunteer. And forward this email to friends and family who may be able to volunteer in the coming days!
Together, we’ll make sure #EveryVoteCounts
The Indivisible Team
|Tuesday, November 6th, 2018|
|B7 ficlet: Landslide
Re-posted from the ffa "100 words" prompt of Elections. Why, yes, I am just off to go vote...in the pouring rain. Speshul newsy icon instead of default icon!
Trooper Gurvan raised his right hand, and waved it in the air, waiting for the thin strip of black to set. Outside the barracks, the rain hammered down. He wondered if that would mean it would take longer. It rained 280 days a year in this crapsack planet.
From the smell of nail varnish in the sanitary area, he assumed that, while troopers were selected not to be great minds, they thought alike in this respect. Instead of hauling arse over to the polling place and having a fingernail marked to show that they had voted (no corruption here, no ma'am!), they just saved the trip.
Certainly they wouldn't risk a re-assignment to a planet rich in slime and lasers to vote for the fools who stuck their heads above the parapet to run as opposition candidates. Once, on a bet, Trooper Zajurek had written in his own name for Justice Machine Arbitrator. No one had seen him around for a while.
Tomorrow morning, after the polls closed and the absentee ballots were tallied, there would be an assembly to announce the record turn-out and the election results. Although not suspenseful, at least it would be indoors.
|Saturday, October 27th, 2018|
|Possibly Against Protocol
On fail_fandom_anon there are prompt threads labeled "100 words". One of the prompts in the current post is "room where you have to have sex to escape." I'm breaching my own anonymity but I'm pleased with the way this turned out. It's Blakes7, A/V. For those who weren't on Freedom City, "esky" is New Zealand parlance for a picnic cooler, hence a nickname for Vila's toolbox.( Collapse )
|Monday, October 15th, 2018|
|Drive By: Hearing Things
If it weren't that it's the Senate that Advises and Consents to the president, the Kavanaugh hearings would be the (Anita) Hill Haunting of the House...
|Tuesday, October 9th, 2018|
|Drive-By: We Could Use a Laugh
Inspired by a FailFandomAnon thread about The Good Place, where we were glad to see that, in a S3 flashback, Dance Dance Resolution was actually *good*--and Jason's choreography was excellent. I remarked that it was much more likely that, instead of Jason bringing 30 dancers when there were only supposed to be 8, that he would recruit 30 dancers and have only 8 show up for the performance. So, on the fly, he would re-choreograph so they kept exiting and running around (perhaps with a change of hat or rearranging their costumes) to create the impression of more dancers.
...which, in turn, made me fantasize about a S1 episode where Jason puts together a routine for the Neighborhood Talent Show version of Ya Think Ya Can Dance? Ya Basic! where he cheerfully fails to notice that his line-up of Team Cockroach, Michael, Trevor, and Vicky is actually torturing him. ("You have to go out there a...dead person! And come back a...dead person that's a star! Or a star that's a dead person! Also, Eleanor and Tahani, try to be the same height so you match. Also, Chidi, when you get to freestyle your solo break, you have to do something, you can't just stand there. But if you collapse all crying and stuff, that's OK too but at least try to do some spins.") Even when The Judge and Mindy tell him that he's on the Cold Burrito Train.
|Sunday, October 7th, 2018|
|Drive-By: Late at Night I Toss and I Turn
Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods?
Srsly would like a vid but am not sure if RBG counts as a "street-wise Hercules" and Warren is...kinda more on a white paper than a fiery steed. Kamala Harris is one of the Spandexiest of current politicians tho.
|Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018|
Now that they've cut down the corporate name at Dunkin' Donuts, I propose that the new slogan be "Who would have thought the old man had so much coffee in him?"
Everybody's talking about Kavanaugh's nomination, for which the sacrament I prefer isn't Confirmation, it's Extreme Unction. Not exactly a sacrament, but I'll take Exorcism too.
|Saturday, August 11th, 2018|
|Naomi Novik Reading in Jersey City Sept 12
NYC area people: Naomi Novik will be doing a reading of Spinning Silver at the WORD bookstore in Jersey City on September 12 at 7:30 pm.
The bookstore is half a block from the Grove Street PATH station, which can be reached from either the World Trade Center or 33rd Street PATH lines. You can use a MetroCard for PATH fares.
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2018|
|Monday, July 2nd, 2018|
|Lawyers and Collars Toolkit
The organization Lawyers and Collars has a 12-page voter education and protection toolkit athttp://lawyersandcollars.org/
. In this crowd I have to point out that the collars in question are clerical collars--it's an umbrella organization for faith-based organizations working with lawyers to protect vulnerable voters against voter suppression, intimidation, and harassment. The kit identifies key steps as: 1. making sure all congregants are registered to vote; 2. telling congregants about dates/polling places/updated voter ID requirements; 3. preaching about the importance of voting; 4. having clergy and congregational leaders at the polls, in conjunction with lawyers; 5. if possible, providing transportation to the polls.
|Thursday, May 24th, 2018|
|Wednesday, May 16th, 2018|
|Saturday, April 14th, 2018|
|Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018|
|Drive-By: Texts from the Gooderation
I lack the graphicfu to do it myself, but from the latest episode of The Good Place:
"I took the form of a 45-year-old white man for a reason. I can only fail up"--with a portrait of Og.
"Any time I had a problem, I threw a Molotov cocktail, and boom, I had a different problem"--Dayna with the bomb she pulled from hammerspace. She and Jason would get on like, so to speak, a house on fire.
PS--The Last Yeti: abominable Star Wars movie.