It seems Carton is discussed in the new film The English Teacher(which, honestly, doesn't sound that great apart from him). Meanwhile, reviewer Tyler O'Neil at the Christian Post spots a Tale of Two Cities parallel in Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Want to take Dickens on an adventure with you? The Charles Dickens Museum wants you to do just that!
Print out the photo of Dickens at this page, get a picture of him accompanying you to a place of interest, and your picture might end up in a display at the Museum at the end of June. At the Museum's Facebook page, they've already got pictures of Dickens in a recording studio, at an amusement park, in his own dining room at 48 Doughty Street, and more. And author/blogger D. L. Marriott is blogging about her trip across America with him.
If you decide to take Dickens traveling with you, have fun! I hope to see your pictures online!
You may recall that I, along with some other writers, took on statistician Mikhail Simkin's contention that Dickens's work is no better than that of Edward Bulwer-Lytton. In a new article in Significance magazine, Simkin responds.
I don't know yet whether I'm going to write a response to the response -- I haven't yet had time to go through his critique in detail. Just putting it out there for now.
An 1867 reference to Dickens's "cashy, good-natured, shrewd English face" sent Anatoly Liberman at the Oxford University Press blog off on a hunt for the meaning and origin of the word cashy. Thanks to The Buzfuz for the link!