The Beguiled (2017)

Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 American Civil War drama novel about a wounded northern fighter slowly recovering in a southern plantation seminary for young women intentionally foregrounded the feminine aspects of its story, giving every single character of the story multiple viewpoint chapters while its lone male figure received none. Don Siegel’s 1971 adaptation with Clint Eastwood…

The Beguiled (1971)

A curious adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 lackadaisically-paced American Civil War drama, a kind of vehicle for Clint Eastwood to try out a very different image and character. Said character’s first appearance in the film involves him lusting after a twelve year old, kissing her and making the assurance that twelve is “old enough for…

Guided By The Beauty Of Their Weapons (2015) by Elizabeth Sandifer

A collection of essays, the titular one revolving around the 2015 Hugo Awards controversies, a few circling around similar thematic material, and a few not really related beyond having come from Sandifer or friends. The book is not published anymore, and one is inclined to feel the scrappy assemble-enough-content-and-make-this-eligible-for-a-Hugo vibe, while both a logical and…

The Beguiled (1966) by Thomas Cullinan

A 1966 novel about an injured soldier in the American Civil War slowly recovering in a southern school filled with three women and five teenage girls. The Southern Gothic Americana sort of setting is as appealing and atmospheric as one could expect, and Cullinan makes sure it’s all brimming with subtext, sexuality and repression. The…