This Sophie Wilder lady has some good taste in books.
"Who do you like?" I asked. "Nabokov" "Lolita?” … “Sure,” she said. “But I like Pale Fire better. And Ada. Some of the early Russian ones, too, like The Defense.”—Christopher Beha, What Happened to Sophie Wilder?
The Parade’s End read-along!
This will be a fandom-friendly* read-along of the Ford Madox Ford tetralogy, spanning several months, in anticipation of the (as-yet-undated) airing of Parade’s End, written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Susanna White, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.
When: The read-along will begin on February 1, 2012. Check the schedule guide here for a week-to-week breakdown of reading.
Why: Because of ~reasons~ obviously. For instance, we love early twentieth-century literature; we’re excited for the upcoming BBC/HBO television adaptation; we love Downton Abbey and want more things like it in our lives.
Where: All over the internet! This read-along will primarily be hosted through nonmodernist and on Twitter (using #ParadesEnd), but we love all the corners of the internet and we want them all to join us! Look for discussion posts on Dreamwidth and Livejournal, and links to content all over the place. Feel free to blog your responses at your own site or the service of your choice — as long as you send them to us, we’ll put the links in our round-ups.
How: Read the books! Post about them! Join our discussions and submit your posts to our linkspams! Livetweet your reading sessions! There’s no right or wrong way to participate.
Get started: First, spread the word! This only works if you all get involved (and corral your friends, enemies, neighbors, and family members to do the same). Follow nonmodernist for more updates as we approach the start date. Then acquire a copy of the book and get ready to start reading!
* “fandom-friendly”: we mean that this read-along will be a safe space for fandom-style participation. We recognize and defend your right to create fanworks of any and all kinds, flail over anything and everything, and use as much fandom slang as you desire. While some discussions may get a little academic, others will be shallow and all about the pretty.
White foods taste best to me
and I prefer to eat alone.
…Next: a chorus. A stadium
radiant with kliegs. Two more figures
in the same field, like plastic cake toppers.
Eyes closed, ears stopped to all but their
voices. They lay out my choices. One’s called
Call. One’s called Response.
When I say Marriage
you say Run!