Archive for July 12th, 2011

A week’s worth of Woolf sightings, just 13, here. Michael Holroyd’s A Book of Secrets, which explores the passion between Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West and Violet Trefusis may deliver a steamy summer read. See #7. Then scroll down to #11 and listen to a song that mentions Woolf’s suicide. Again.

  1. ‘Last Summer’ evokes fond memories with lyrical craftwork, UT The Daily Texan
    It’s Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style that gets to the core aesthetic of

    Virginia, Violet, Vita and passion

    Friedberger. She doesn’t evoke much through heavy narratives or bombastic music. Instead, she writes about her surroundings to bring up moods and uses music as

  2. Canonizer’s Feast, Brooklyn Rail
    Beckett “became a strong fourth with Joyce, Proust, and Kafka as the masters of prose fiction in the 20th century, transcending Thomas Mann, Joseph Conrad, DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner.” “The poets of my generation of the highest
  3. Remarkable Person: Arlene K. Hoffman, Chicago TribuneA: I guess it would be Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, because I related to them the most. It was, like, about me. A: The Grateful Dead, but I like country music as well. The most
    comforting thing for me from growing up to this very moment has
  4. Harry Potter and the book snobs, Herald Scotland
    Ms Virginia Woolf could never be trash – though I’ll give you an argument – while spy fiction, or SF, or any airport pulp, was “clearly” garbage. Even while wading through my James Joyce – and I mean the lot, “pomes” and all – I had a problem with that
  5. Talkingbooks: Sehba Sarwar, DAWN.com
    There are many inspiring authors: Julia Alvarez, Ismat Chughtai, Sandra Cisneros, Edwidge Danticat, Mahmoud Darwish, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Patti Smith, Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf… The list is endless.
  6. Your child, the modernist, Boston Globe
    The writers we now call modernists-TS Eliot, for example, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound-often aimed for shock or surprise. They created their most famous poetry and fiction, during the first decades of the 20th century,
  7. The book is not dead, it’s just shape-shifting, The Guardian
    A distinguished example is Michael Holroyd’s A Book of Secrets, an enthralling study of the passionate interactions among Virginia Woolf, Violet Trefusis and Vita Sackville-West. In an arresting manoeuvre, Holroyd …
  8. With a Kindle, no one can see the Mills & Boon cover, Telegraph.co.uk
    She would read a Virginia Woolf one day and a Jackie Collins the next. Intrigued, I picked up her Collins from the sun lounger, but after a few pages I had to stop, because it was making me feel ill. One grinding cliché after another.
  9. Granta on “The F Word”: VS Naipaul not included, Montreal Gazette (blog)
    A clearheaded, socially rooted comment on women’s practical ability to clear the space required to write, with echoes of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own—the contrast with Naipaul’s crabby superiority couldn’t be more stark, or more refreshing.
  10. Before the beginning was silence, Calcutta Telegraph
    Damaris refers to Evie as a “man-woman”, resonating with Virginia Woolf’s “androgyny”.
    They communicate for the first time through an act of mime — again, a performance in silence — where Evie enacts a “statue of herself”. The feminist search for an
  11. Juana Ghani, Salt Lake City Weekly
    She mentions “The Incredible Sadness of Sonia,” a haunting melody based somewhat on Virginia Woolf’s suicide, with references to Alice in Wonderland. “But there’s more to the story than just that—that is where the hyperbole comes in.
  12. Review of Sandra Park’s ‘If You Live in a Small House’, Hyphen Magazine (blog)
    Much like the characters in a Virginia Woolf novel, haunted by memories of WWI, Park’s characters exist as ghosts, drifting past each other without comprehending. “As in most crowded homes, people learned how to draw the shade, looking and seeing
  13. Going places — literally, Hindustan Times
    Over three years s/he will have to take nine papers that cover canonical authors of mainly British literature – Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf etc. But s/he will also be exposed to literatures from other times and other parts

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