A new edition of Anne of Green Gables depicts the notoriously youthful and ruddy-headed heroine as a curvaceous blond teen, sparking a fierce backlash from scholars and casual readers alike.
Critics derided the cover — which shows the heroine reclining against a hay stack, clad in a plaid shirt and smiling suggestively — saying it is a far cry from the feisty, 19th-century 11-year-old brought to life in the pages of L.M. Montgomery’s classic series of novels. (Amazon.com; Postmedia News files)
Blonde? Blonde? Blonde? At least give her the raven tresses she wanted if you’re going to change her hair color.
The non-reader who put together this CreateSpace copy is charging 52 cents more than the Laurel Leaf editions (which if you own the books are probably the ones you have). Unfortunately the righteously angry reviews meant for the blonde cover are showing up on the page for the Laurel Leaf books with Edwardian, redheaded Anne.
These colorized images of women building war planes in the 1940’s were enhanced by Webmaster Dave over at the Shorpy Historical Photo Archive. Stop by the archive only if you’ve got lots of time to get lost in history.
Let me introduce you to Tadeusz Żeleński, pen name: Boy, Polish translator of hundreds of French classics, but also a stage writer, poet, columnist and the sassiest, most arrogant bastard of the Young Poland movement and Interbellum. By profession he was a pediatrician. He had pretty liberal views for that time, some of them are controversial even nowadays, like supporting women’s right for abortion, critical point of view about catholic church (the matters that are discussed now too) or criticizing the romantic tradition and romatic poets, who are worshiped in Poland even now. I adore him for his sarcasm and sense of humor (aaand criticizing romantic tradition, it’s the pain in the ass of Polish people of the ages after romanticism). He was writing poems for Zielony Balonik Cabaret (the Green Baloon Cabaret), the most popular one at that time. But he also could write serious poems or columns in magazines. He wasn’t appreciated and respected by most of the people at that time, they considered him too controversial (he was the enfant terrible), yet women loved him and he had many lovers. Although his rather bohemian and careless life, he ended up tragically. During World War II he was a professor at Lviv University, a head of Departure of Literature. In 1941 Nazis killed 37 people, including 21 Polish professors. Boy-Żeleński was one of them.
Photo of the day: Oktai Enimehmedov, right, at the moment he jumped on the stage and pointed a gas pistol at Ahmed Dogan, the head of the Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, a minority party in Bulgaria. No shots were fired, because Dogan fought back, and people in the crowd struck Enimehmedov to the ground. He was later arrested. The incident took place at an event in Burgas, Bulgaria on Saturday. (photo by BTV/AFP/Getty Images)
If you read this in a book, you’d say the author went too far and the narrative was no longer believable:
If the gun advocates behind this year’s inaugural Gun Appreciation Day had hoped to use the day’s festivities to build support for their anti-regulation platform, they are going to have to wait another year.
A representative from Political Media, the group responsible for organizing Gun Appreciation Day, was not immediately available for comment.