Archive for March, 2011

What I have for you today is the kind of thing English majors and Virginia Woolf fanatics love to find — a giant factual error about Woolf.

Well, maybe it’s not so giant. But it was made in the print and online editions of the Calgary Herald.

I won’t mention the writer who made the goof. You can click on the link and see his name for yourself.

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut gets theatrical treatment in Downstage production

Sometimes, actors are celebrities. Other times, they play them.

Anthony Hopkins played Richard Nixon. (And Picasso). Will Smith played Muhammad Ali. Meryl Streep played Julia Child (and Virginia Woolf).

All of which brings us around to Calgary actor and producer Joel Cochrane’s new role. He’s playing Kurt Vonnegut, a famous dead novelist, in And So It Goes, the George F. Walker play that begins a . .  .

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Virginia Woolf was on The Daily Show last night.

Well, not really. But last night’s episode used Virginia Woolf’s well-known title, A Room of One’s Own, to make fun of Vice President Joe Biden’s staff, who put a pool reporter in a storage closet to prevent him from mingling with a high-rolling crowd at a political fundraiser in Winter Park, Florida.

Here are the graphics Stewart used on the show.


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In memoriam to Virginia Woolf on the 70th anniversary of her death, I share two things.

One is a YouTube video that gives us a look at some of the wonderful and amazing things she would have done if she had not walked into the River Ouse on March 28, 1941.

The other is a tribute to Virginia by her great niece, Emma Woolf, in The Independent article, “Literary haunts: Virginia’s London walks.” In her piece, Emma shares stories her father, Cecil Woolf, tells of Virginia and Leonard. She also sets the record straight about their relationship as a couple and offers advice for understanding Virginia’s life and work.

She also recommends visiting the Cock Tavern on Fleet Street to raise a glass to Virginia. It’s the spot where she and Leonard dined when they were living in rented rooms at nearby Clifford’s Inn as newlyweds.

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Virginia Woolf is on stage again. A new play is debuting at the Royal Northern College of Music Studio Theater in Manchester, England, in honor ofthe 70th anniversary of her death.
A Good Day: Love, Death and Virginia Woolf premieres April 14 and runs through the 16th. It is described as a dramatic love story that gives a mesmerising and compelling view of Woolf’s final hours, according to producers Brian M Clarke and Tom Elliott.
Helen Parry is the director, and the show is being promoted by Beat Productions.

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Elizabeth Taylor died March 23, which means the online world was filled with stories connecting Taylor and Virginia Woolf — all because one of Taylor’s most famous films, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, mentions Woolf in the title.

Nevertheless, plenty of Woolf sightings still mentioned the modernist author in her own rite. Here are 26 of them. And in tribute to Taylor, you’ll find a clip from Who’s Afraid at the end of this post.

  1. Greatest role and privilege of women, New Straits Times
    Virginia Woolf
    wisely remarked “I would venture to guess that ‘Anon’, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman”. Today, we live in more enlightened times. Women are now accepted in most walks of life even if it took Germaine
  2. Star Trek: With the Next Generation, CurrentMom
    I was not a science fiction/AV nerd-type – I was more the angst-ridden poet, the Virginia Woolf groupie, the English major in search of her Heathcliff. Not to mention my Annie Hall look-alike contest, which went on for the better part of my junior year …
  3. Dave Lavender To Lead “Street Haunting” Tour,HNN Huntingtonnews.net
    Written by Matthew Earnest, a New York-based playwright, “Street Haunting,” is adapted from a Virginia Woolf essay and is being presented by Marshall Theatre Alliance. As you listen to the iPlay on your cell phone, you will be prompted to walk to seven … Read “Woolf’s `Street Haunting’ inspires iPlay.”
  4. 10 Favorite Classic European Films, TheCelebrityCafe.com
    With a story that could easily beat any novel by Leo Tolstoy or Virginia Woolf in regards to its complexity, Jean Renoir’s ‘comedy of manners’ is probably one of the finest films ever made. Renoir made technical leaps far beyond any other French
  5. Does literature still matter?, Salt Lake Tribune
    If you don’t believe her, here’s Virginia Woolf on why reading poetry can be a transformative experience: “Our being for a moment is centred and constricted, as in any violent shock of personal emotion.” And here is Eliot himself, to explain why poetry (more…)

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