Archive for April, 2009

woolf-author-trail-mapArtistic creation is a voyage into the unknown, says creative writing teacher and fiction writer Peter Turchi.

Turchi operates from the premise that writers and other artists are explorers — mapmakers who try to show their readers and viewers where they are and how to get to where they want to go, according to Geeta Sharma-Jensen’s review in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer is Turchi’s meditation on human creativity. In it, Turchi enlists  various figures from the ancient Greeks to the Road Runner to show how writers such as Woolf guide readers through their imaginary worlds.

Turchi focuses on Mrs. Dalloway, discussing Clarissa’s “neural shimmer” and the “mental map” that Clarissa’s thoughts illustrate in Woolf’s novel.

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light-withinThe Boston Cow Parade features colorful cow sculptures with fanciful names. A blue cow of special interest to Blogging Woolf is “The Light Within (for Virginia Woolf).”

The 125-pound fiberglass cows travel the world, raising money for charity. Anywhere from 32 to 450 cows appear in the parade and remain on display in the host city for two to four months.

Each year eight to 12 of the artist-designed cows are reproduced as collectible figurines and offered for sale. Sadly, Woolf’s cow is not among them.

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vwoolf-busSince 1999, every new bus entering the fleet in Brighton, England, has been named after a famous person with a connection to the city. One of them is Virginia Woolf.

The bus named in her honor is bus #887. Her sister, Vanessa Bell, has a bus named after her too. It is #671.

Read more on the Brighton & Hove Web site.

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dinnerInterested in having Dinner with Virginia and friends? Order the chapbook-CD combination by the same name.

The new book and CD premiered at a one-night event April 18 in San Francisco. Together, they use poetry and music to posit a formal party hosted by Virginia Woolf for 16 eccentric historical figures.

Guests include the unlikely mix of Billie Holiday, Salvador Dalí, and Thelonious Monk, all of whom act out and think out loud — and silently.

Poet Jesse Nathan is the chapbook author, and Chris Jantzen is the composer and performer of the music on the CD and the designer of the collages included in the book.

Read a review of Dinner on BeyondChron: San Francisco’s alternative online daily, and find out how to order it.

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The Hours filmMichael Cunningham says music inspires his writing — and that he plays the same pieces over and over again to influence the rythm and the emotion of his work.

So it is apt that he read from his novel The Hours while the Sinfonietta Quartet played excerpts from Mozart’s “Dissonance” quartet, the piece he has said inspired his novel based on Virginia Woolf.

Also on Saturday night’s program in Tacoma, Washington, were Philip Glass’s score for the movie version of The Hours and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.”

Read the review.

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