Legacy; Frankenstein
Legacy; FrankensteinIn 1841, small-town parish clerk William Hinton got his first look at an English locomotive in action. Writer Julian Young recorded Hinton’s breathless reaction: “Well Sir, that was a sight to have seen; but one I never care to see again! How awful! I tremble to think of it! I don’t know what to compare it to, unless it be to a messenger … with a commission to spread desolation and destruction over this fair land!…
Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly BodiesAnd thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework … and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty. — Exodus 28: 39-40 Over the last decade or so, the Costume Institute has become the socialite daughter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The Met Gala 2018
Red Carpet Rundown: The Met Gala 2018Welcome to this year’s Met Red Carpet Gala, which lived up to its “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” premise by being so direct yet so broad a theme that it essentially required a level of participation where you were either wearing Catholicism cosplay or probably off the brief! You got us again, Catholicism, you sneaky thing.…
The Queen’s Embroiderer
The Queen's EmbroidererDeJean describes the impetus behind this book as her desire to unravel the love story between Marie Louise Magoulet and her husband (briefly), Louis Chevrot. But inevitably, the young lovers take a backseat to the generations of in-laws before them, who eventually reach such a cartoonish level of underhanded dealings that by the time DeJean is suggesting Jean Magoulet impersonated his own dead brother for years to facilitate a double life, she includes several original documents, as if she knows things are beginning to beggar belief.…
Elementary: “An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains”
Elementary: "An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains"“An Infinite Capacity For Taking Pains” is a telling title. It’s a quote close to Sherlock’s heart (episode writer Bob Goodman had Sherlock advise Kitty to “accept that you’ll be taking pains” in the third season). It’s also a paraphrase of this Carlyle quote about Frederick the Great—the saying is more popular than the actual quote but inexact, which perfectly suits an episode where Sherlock has to deal with the idea that soon he might be as fallible as anyone else.…
The Alienist
The AlienistI’ve been recapping THE ALIENIST over at The AV Club! (All recaps so far should be gathered under that header; if you’ve wanted to get caught up, now’s the time.) It is a fascinating case study in adaptation (especially the pros and cons of adhering to the letter of the law), and it features, among other things, gorgeous sets and cinematography, three lead actors who are all pitching their performances to different iterations of the show, and occasional bursts of incredible weirdness that include one of the most sublime moments on TV this year: Sean Young silently looking to her dog for legal advice.…