Archive for November 30th, 2007

Weekly Standard coverHere is another Woolf sighting, and this one is most distressing. Virginia is featured on the cover of the Dec. 3 issue of the neo-conservative Weekly Standard magazine.

As if that is not bad enough, she is pictured playing ice hockey wearing an ugly uniform that features a sports logo made up of her first name and the head of a wolf.

On the original Web page, which has now moved into the black hole of cyberspace, her image appeared with a story titled “Not Your Father’s Tories,” by Reihan Salam. But in the hard copy version, the Woolf cover art doesn’t appear with any article.

However, upon closer perusal of the print edition, the Woolf graphic seems to have been inspired by a book about Woolf’s era: The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson, which we wrote about back in August.

Written by Tracy Lee Simmons, the review is titled “On the Brink: England’s Indian Summer Before the Great War.”

Woolf, in fact, is mentioned in the opening lines of the review: “Perhaps posing a bit for pithy immortality, Virginia Woolf famously declared that human nature changed somewhere in the leafy neighborhood of 1910.” 

The magazine, considered the bible of right-wingers, is owned by Robert Murdoch, which means Blogging Woolf is not a subscriber.

However, my kind husband — who tipped me off to the Woolf cover — braved the cold and snow of Northeast Ohio to bring me a borrowed copy of the issue, just so I could satisfy my curiosity regarding the unlikely connection between Virginia and The Weekly Standard.

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Why some people think vw isLooking for a clever and free Woolf-related graphic for your office door? Look no further than the Web page for the National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign.

The campaign of six print ads, featuring artists ranging from writer Woolf to singer Celia Cruz, uses clever puns on the artists’ names to encourage arts education. The Woolf ad is headlined, “Why Some People Think Virginia Woolf is the State’s Official Animal.”

Anne Fernald, of Fordham University, newly announced site of the 2009 Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, sent the link to the Virginia Woolf Listserv this morning. Along with the link, she sent the news that she spotted the ad in two issues of Newsweek.

Madelyn Dentoff of Miami University of Ohio, site of this year’s conference, chimed in minutes later to report that she was surprised to see the ad in Sports Illustrated.

Report your sightings of the ad in the comments section on this post. Or send them to bloggingwoolf@yahoo.com

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