Today in culture: Downton Abbey desserts (and other nasty Edwardian foods), Kubrick theory, and the Rothbart brothers.
-Iconic painters distilled in essence.
-For PEN’s banned books month, Lydia Kiesling discusses Lolita‘s original controversy.
-On Room 237, or, against interpretation of The Shining: “Room 237 takes the five most famous (or infamous) of [theories about what Kubrick was after in The Shining], makes the authors speak in the background without introduction, and mixes their voices to produce the impression that there is only one narrator and one unified theory that explains everything. That choral voice speaks over the exact passages—slowed down and otherwise manipulated via editing—where the theory applies.”
-Friends of Dorothy? An interview with Danielle Dutton, founder of Dorothy, a publishing project: “I’ve always loved books as objects. The press is named for my great aunt, a mysterious spinster, who was a librarian, and every year on my birthday and on holidays, she would send me editions of children’s books, with rice or onion paper between the prints.”
-The Rothbart brothers in action.
-The scariness of Noomi Rapace.
-…and the eternal question plaguing Park Slope minds: Turturro, or Buscemi?