Friday, March 30, 2012

Action in the Regency Period + Woman in White Readalong

First of all, HOW AMAZING IS THE INTERNET?

I was reading The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, which sounds like...well, not what it is, because it IS, in fact, excerpts from a REAL LADY'S DIARIES from about 1817-1826, i.e. Austenian times, only this Real Lady (Anne Lister in case you hadn't figured it out) was all up in other ladies' bizniz. Which is my hip way of saying she was a lesbian. She also lived about ten miles from the Bronte sisters. Meaning they were all alive at the same time and the Brontes had probably at least heard of her because she was known as something of a weirdo. AHHHH.

In fact there was a one year period where Austen, C. Bronte and Anne Lister were all alive, albeit one was an infant. ANYWAY. The super-gay parts of the diaries were written in an algebraic...Greek...code thing, and one scholar has basically dedicated her life to translating them and getting them out to the public, and that is Helena Whitbread. WHO IS NOW FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER. Amazing. I love everything. There's a documentary on youtube called Revealing Anne Lister, which is of course narrated by Sue Perkins. It is excellent. You should watch it.

Secondly, IT IS RED FROM WHAT RED READ'S BIRTHDAY!!

Enjoy today, Red. Or else.

And finally! Woman in White readalong schedule!

We'll be "officially" starting April 2nd (so we're posting every Monday), which will be the lovely introductory posts: what you think of Wilkie Collins, have you read any of his other works, how giant his forehead is and how that makes you feel, etc.

April 9th - Preface through Chapter XV, The End of Hartright's Narrative

April 16th - Beginning of Vincent Gilmore's Narrative through Chapter IX in The Second Epoch

April 23rd - Chapter X, Second Epoch through Chapter X, Third Epoch

April 30th - Finish