Archive for August 31st, 2011

Three things pop out at me from this week’s list of Woolf sightings. The first is the mention of Virginia in a story about young female artists who represent “unmentionable” female body parts in their work. See #22.

The second is the mention of Woolf’s use of the word “scrolloping,” an item that drew the recent attention of the VWoolf Listserv. See #7.

The third is a new song about Virginia Woolf. It is one of 13 cuts on a new album due out Nov. 7 by Florence + The Machine. The song’s title, “What the Water Gave Me,” comes from a 1938 oil painting by Frida Kahlo. See #17-21 and listen to the song below.

  1. Thought-Provoking Highbrow Magazine Launches, MarketWatch (press release)
    Virginia Woolf once described a highbrow as “…the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.” “It is that pursuit of an idea that inspires us at the magazine to critique and analyze
  2. Highbrow, Middlebrow, Lowbrow, Movie City News
    Virginia Woolf defined the middlebrow reader as “betwixt and between,” devoted not to art for its own sake but to “money, fame, power, or prestige.” In other words, the middlebrow is not quite as smart as the true highbrow and not as spirited as the
  3. Much ado about nothing, Boston Globe
    That would not necessarily be a difficulty: Think of Samuel Johnson’s “Life of Mr. Richard Savage,” or the many marginal yet unforgettable subjects in Virginia Woolf’s “Common Reader.” Yet unlike the treatment of his parents in “Basil Street,”
  4. A fascination with real lives, Boston Globe
    I admire Virginia Woolf, but I’m not sold on her novels. I’d rather read her diaries, journals, and letters. Henry James – finally a man – I love him. Last year I read “What Maisie Knew.” I was relieved that I understood it. James is hard.
  5. MEMOIR: A fun and gossipy look at British bluebloods, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    He shows the ties between Beckett’s illegitimate daughter by Keppel, novelist Violet Trefusis, and Violet’s lesbian lover, poet Vita Sackville-West, then links them both to Virginia Woolf. He manages, too, to find a long association between Vita’s
  6. Book review: House of Exile: The Lives and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly , Taipei Times
    The author clearly wants to offer a life of Heinrich, but also to bring in other authors, such as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, who he never met. Diverse topics are also given capsule treatment — how writing-quills were once made, and the theory
  7. OMG, the charabanc has been plutoed, Telegraph.co.uk
    But I am likely to need help with Samuel Beckett’s use of “athambia”, or Virginia Woolf’s of “scrolloping”. In any case, predictions about what will last are risky. In 2007 Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary chose “pod-slurping” as its word of the year.
  8. The New Atheism, The Guardian
    Melville, Dostoevsky, George Eliot, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Beckett, Camus – and in our own time José Saramago, Marilynne Robinson and JM Coetzee – have all shown sustained interest in questions of belief and unbelief;
  9. The dentist & Dr. Seuss, Boston Globe
    “But it’s like minor works by Virginia Woolf or Shakespeare or Jane Austen. They may be minor, but they’re the minor works of a genius,” Nel said. In order to bring these stories to a fresh audience, Cohen first needed to prove his own credibility.
  10. Bridge Views: Grounded in 1980, Patch.com
    “If you want to learn point-of-view, read Henry James; if you want to learn irony, read Jane Austen; if you want to learn what Hell smells like, read John Milton; if you want to understand the importance of using punctuation, read Virginia Woolf—she
  11. iriam Grant, Vice Provost of Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Castanet.net
    He has distinguished himself as a scholar of the work of Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf and Wyndam Lewis. Of particular note is his forthcoming book, Ezra Pound’s Guide to Kulchur: The Annotated Edition is the first annotated edition of Pound’s highly
  12. Interview: Lynne McTaggart, Author of The Bond, Blogcritics.org (blog)
    Twentieth century writers like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, but also so-called ‘new journalists’ – Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Hunter Thompson, Truman Capote – who wrote non-fiction using fictional techniques. My heroes in journalism were
  13. Why women are enjoying being home alone, The Age
    VIRGINIA WOOLF thought every woman writer needed a room of her own. But many women are now opting for an entire home of one’s own. Women are twice as likely as men to live alone for more than a decade, and report greater levels of
  14. A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers” by Michael Holroyd, Washington Post
    The child, Violet, achieved notoriety first, during and after World War I, as the same-sex lover of the writer Vita Sackville-West — their scandalous affaire was mirrored in Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando” (1928) — and then, starting in the 1930s,
  15. Michael Holroyd finally reveals himself in ‘Book of Secrets’, Plain Dealer (blog)
    Virtuoso insights connect the dots among his characters, as he intertwines the lives of Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West and Violet Trefusis, the illegitimate daughter of Grimthorpe. Holroyd himself finally arrives center stage.
  16. ‘Miracle’ in Battersea: Francesca Kay has turned from the enigmas of art to , The Independent
    In the switches of mood and tone of an urban panorama, with a politician’s wife close to its heart, the book brought to my mind Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Kay says that she did not take Woolf’s metropolitan collage as a model, although “I do
  17. Florence + The Machine, new album due Nov 7, Street North East (blog)
    It’s about water in all forms and all bodies. It’s about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title.” ‘What The Water Gave Me’ it’s available now on iTunes.
  18. This week in new music, FasterLouder
    For a tune named after a Frida Kahlo painting and featuring reference to Virginia Woolf it still has festival anthem written all over it. Let’s hope we get to see her again this summer. James Blake and Justin ‘Bon Iver’ Vernon met at this year’s South
  19. Florence And The Machine Reveal New Track, RTT News
    While speaking about the track with NME.com, Florence Welch revealed that the track was inspired by the story of writer Virginia Woolf, who committed suicide by drowning. It also shares a title with a painting by legendary Mexican artist and feminist
  20. Florence and the Machine debut new track ‘What The Water Gave Me’ – video, Digital Spy
    When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who’ve lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning. “It’s about water in all forms and all bodies. It’s about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps
  21. Hear Florence and the Machine’s new song ‘What The Water Gave Me’ – audio, NME.com
    The track is named after a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and has also been part inspired by the death of author Virginia Woolf, who drowned herself in a river by filling her coat pockets with stones. You can see Florence working on the album
  22. The naming of parts: a new frankness about vaginas, Evening Standard
    Chicago created 39 place settings for famous female “guests” – including Sappho, Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf – with labias rising up out of the plates themselves. The new craft-led work is as much about playfulness as a po-faced “comment” on
  23. Orlando, St George’s West, Edinburgh, The Independent
    Adapting Virginia Woolf’s fantastical novel, which follows the title character through four centuries and a sex change, is no mean feat. It has the potential to be epic, but Darryl Pinckney’s script for theatre company Cryptic goes in
  24. A ‘World of Taste’ hits Rishon Letzion, Ha’aretz
    By Elka Looks Tags: Israel culture Virginia Woolf once said, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” After attending Rishon Letzion’s ‘World of Taste’ fair, I could not agree more. Over twenty of Israel’s leading
  25. Tale of loss and friendship cuts to the quick, Independent Online
    Today, she is Senior Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and the distinguished biographer of TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Brontë, Henry James, feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and, most recently, the acclaimed poet Emily Dickinson.
  26. How One Book Changed My Life, Huffington Post
    I have most all of Virginia Woolf’s books on one shelf. There are books by Toni Morrison, Willa Cather, Julia Alvarez, James Baldwin, John Irving and dozens of other favorite authors. There is my friend Peg’s wonderful novel, “Spinning Will.
  27. Fill up your shelves at the Locust Grove book sale! [Books], Louisville.com
    My own personal finds from past sales have included titles from Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Vladimir Nabokov. And, of course, no shortage of Shakespeare. Tax deductible book donations will also be accepted at any time
  28. Stigma should be removed from mental illness, Cincinnati.com
    Provided Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neill, Leo Tolstoy, Tennessee Williams, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Carrie Fisher, Mike Wallace, Patty Duke, Demi Lovato, Catherine Zeta-Jones – all talented and gifted individuals,
  29. Book festival: Andrew O’Hagan, Edinburgh Festivals
    Last night’s topic was landscape, which Bakewell addressed with Olivia Laing, author of To The River, a meditation in travel, nature and history along the course of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned herself in 1941. ..
  30. Offerings from Edinburgh’s International Book Festival, STV Local
    At 7 pm she’ll be reading from her book To the River, the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week over 60 years after Woolf’s death, Olivia Laing walked the river from source to sea.
  31. ED2011 Theatre Review: Sailing On (ShadyJane), ThreeWeeks News
    It revolves around a girl’s poignantly suppressed memory coming to light with the help of a pretend Ophelia and Virginia Woolf. Though beautifully enacted and adeptly enhanced by the use of multimedia, it was not the performance itself that most stood
  32. Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights: Bronte vs Bronte, Telegraph.co.uk
    Virginia Woolf once said that, in Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë had gigantic ambition that was summed up by the sentence “You the eternal powers…” but she didn’t know how to finish it. I think there’s something in that. For me, Wuthering Heights is
  33. Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition opens at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, ArtfixDaily (press release)
    She later became the mother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Mary Hillier, a local shoemaker’s daughter who served as a parlor maid in Cameron’s household, became, as the artist wrote, “one of the most beautiful and constant of my models.
  34. Robert Fulford: Postmodern love?, National Post (blog)
    Books appeared under otherwise identical titles about Nietzsche, WB Yeats, Virginia Woolf, St. Augustine, Jesus and many more. Postmodernism, while it no longer so freely speaks its name, remains the operative principle beneath much of contemporary
  35. ED2011 Theatre Review: Orlando (Cryptic), ThreeWeeks News
    Adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel, this production is especially adept in its synthesis of Woolf’s linguistic virtuosity with contemporary sound and projection techniques. Although the show’s pace lags occasionally, Judith Williams impresses with a
  36. A New Life of EM Forster, Xtra.ca
    While his contemporaries were DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury circle and Christopher Isherwood, a new generation of Americans also longed to meet him. People such as artist Paul Cadmus, actor William Roerick and painter Jared French
  37. Play’s a slap in face for parents, Macedon Ranges Weekly
    She says the play is like “Virginia Woolf on steroids” and audiences will experience a “rollercoaster of emotions. It’s a fun play and it disintegrates into madness!” Ms Boyd said it had already received much praise from the Melbourne theatre network.

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