Welcome to the Daily Blunt! Today’s roundup also highlights new horizons for Taylor Kitsch, a new e-book program for NYC subway riders, and a text-based horror adventure.
While the three Brontë sisters have unfortunately become conflated in many readers’ imaginations, this is to be expected. Historical data about Emily and Anne is frustratingly scant, leaving us with only one well-documented figure: Charlotte, whose observations about her sisters now passes for truth. One researcher’s questions about the strange life and death of middle sister Emily — including the oft-cited detail that her coffin was just 16 inches wide — have inspired her to pour an immense amount of effort into personally investigating (and where necessary, debunking) the “facts” most commonly known about the Wuthering Heights author. This is the kind of deep dive that leaves a mark on your understanding of history, as well as your reading list.
A pair of books about the life and death of Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh has inspired a new TV series, which has led to the pitch-perfect casting of Taylor Kitsch as the notorious leader himself. If your recollections about the cult and its fateful standoff with the US government is limited to a few bits of news footage, whet your appetite for the Weinstein series with this CNN mini-doc, part of their “Crimes of the Century” series. As for Kitsch, it could be a potentially significant dramatic role for the actor, who has remained criminally underrated since that whole “John Carter” fiasco.
The NYC literacy program Subway Reads has rolled out a new program that lets straphangers download free e-books that are timed to fit the length of their commute, in 10-, 20-, and 30-minute chunks. The authors range from contemporary writers like Harlan Coben to classics like Fitzgerald and Poe. You’d better get moving on this offer, since the program — which is meant to help advertise the fact that wifi service is now available in 175 underground subway stations — will only be around for eight weeks.
If “Stranger Things” has left you hankering for retro-flavored chills, you’ll want to inquire after The House Abandon, a horror text-adventure game that recalls the glory days of R.L. Stine. Developed in just three days and good for about 30 minute of fun, the game identifies as “psychological horror, by way of ’80s TV horror.” That’s a rapidly expanding genre, now that the Duffer Brothers have gotten the go-ahead on Season 2 of their breakout Netflix hit. Will Millie Bobby Brown return to reveal Eleven’s fate? Feel free to hunt for clues in her expertly rapping Nicki Minaj’s verse from Kanye West’s “Monster.”