Downton Abbey

Why Historical Fiction Works Better on Television Than in Literature

James McBride is having a great year, especially since taking home the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird last month. Up against heavyweights like Thomas Pynchon and critical darlings such as Rachel Kushner and George Saunders, the book, whose plot follows a 12-year-old slave after John Brown kills his master, was hailed as a surprise winner (although we weren’t that shocked). But many of the award’s past recipients (E.L. Doctrow’s 1986 novel World’s Fair, Charles Frazier’s 1997 winner Cold Mountain, Lily Tuck’s 2004 winner The News From Paraguay) are novels rooted in history, some of which fictionalize real-life characters and events.  … Read More

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12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Masterpiece’

A certain kind of person gets really excited about a book like Rebecca Eaton’s memoir Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBSand I am one of those people. Eaton has been in charge of the series, which premiered on PBS in January of 1971, for almost 30 years now, a period that has seen Masterpiece winning awards, acclaim, and admiration from generations of fans who love a good costume drama. … Read More

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You Can Now Drink ‘Downton Abbey’ Wine

Here’s your latest pop culture-themed alcohol tie-in, so you can get your thematic drink on. Wines That Rock have released… Read More

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Virginia Woolf on Next Season of ‘Downtown Abbey’

It seems that Bloomsbury will meet Lord Grantham in the 4th season of Downton Abbey, as it has been revealed that… Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

San Francisco is home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. Check out our Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, and follow our carefully curated editors’ picks. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week — just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings.  … Read More

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7 Totally Easy Steps to a Spoiler-Free Life

Jennie Lamere is a 17-year-old computer coder from Nashua, New Hampshire, and the focus of a fascinating article over at Mother Jones. It seems that late last month, Ms. Lamere was the only woman among the 80 competitors at TVnext Hack 2013 in Boston, where programmers and coders were charged with creating apps and programs to enrich the viewing experience. But Lamere won the whole shebang with her Twivo software, which allows users to block mentions of selected TV shows and their characters until they’ve had a chance to watch that DVR-ed episode of Game of Thrones. The whole thing is sort of awesome, a big thumbs-up for developers of both Lamere’s age and sex. And, of course, it is a decisive victory for the Spoiler-Free Rights movement. But does her app go far enough? … Read More

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