Archive for September, 2011

Like another Woolf blogger I know, I am writing from a room of my own on the Jersey side of the Hudson.

Well, it’s not really my own room. I am sharing it with my husband. And I don’t own it. I am merely renting it for the night.

But we have driven up from Ohio to see Septimus and Clarissa, the stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway that is on stage until Oct. 8 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City.

I will post more about the rave-winning play after we see it tomorrow night. Meanwhile, here is a link to a review written by another Woolfian, Patricia Laurence, Woolf scholar and professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York:

The Mindscape of Septimus and Clarissa: Ripe Time Adapts Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway in The Brooklyn Rail 


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Virginia Woolf turns up everywhere, and this week we sighted her as far away as Iran, New Zealand and Australia. See sightings numbered five, 17 and 29 to learn more. And one of her novels jumped to its death on the Entertainment Weekly website. See number eight to find out which one bit the dust — and why.

  1. Idyll Banter: ‘The Catcher on the Pot’ not for sale, BurlingtonFreePress.com
    Just trying getting a straight answer from Virginia Woolf or William Shakespeare.) I can’t imagine a toilet of mine would ever be worth anything, given that I am not in the
    slightest bit reclusive. Also, unlike Salinger, I have written a lot of work
  2. VIRGINIA WOOLF BY ALEXANDRA HARRIS (Thames & Hudson £14.95), Daily Mail
    By Val Hennessy So, who IS afraid of Virginia Woolf? Well. I’ll admit, I am. She’s not exactly easy reading, is she? There are scholars who claim she was a ‘mad genius’, others who believe she was ‘the greatest writer who ever lived’ (sob your heart
  3. Yale Review turns 100, Yale Daily News
    The list is filled with notables: Thomas Mann, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf and Leon Trotsky, among many others. Although the publication — the nation’s oldest quarterly literary journal — currently employs only two half-time staff members,
  4. Theater Listings: Sept. 23 — 29, New York Times
    (Brantley) ★ ‘Septimus and Clarissa’ The heedless theater company Ripe Time explodes Virginia Woolf’s miniaturist masterpiece “Mrs. Dalloway” into a beautifully choreographed exploration of love, loss and party planning in post-World War I England.
  5. Isherwood travels to Iran with two novels, Iran Book News Agency
    Clearly inspired by Virginia Woolf and Forester, he consciously applies modernist methods such as stream of consciousness in this novel. “Mr. Norris changes Trains” is another novel published in 1935 that is believed to be based on Isherwood’s own life
  6. Times Calendar, The Daily Advertiser
    Inspired by a section of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” William and Judith” is a whimsical riff on the Shakespeare authorship controversy, a meditation on creative identity and an exploration of gender roles in the world of Shakespeare’s
  7. Communication: it’s always better when we’re together, ABC Online
    This is why I keep re-reading Virginia Woolf’s brilliant Mrs Dalloway: good fiction can help us realise how much of another human being is left out, exaggerated, diminished or just faked. It is a lesson in the precariousness of understanding,
  8. A book commits suicide every time you watch ‘Jersey Shore’: Do you read high . Entertainment Weekly (blog)
    If you look closely, you can see what appears to be To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and an unidentified book plunging to their deaths because they refuse to exist in a world in which Jersey Shore is being watched. The photo is obviously a joke,
  9. What’s the Big Deal?: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Film.com
    There is no reason to fear Virginia Woolf! She died a long time ago, and even when she was alive she wasn’t very feisty. So why have we been asking ourselves the musical question Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for nearly five decades?
  10. Stage Dive: An Off Broadway Digest, New York Magazine (blog)
    With the ghostly great Septimus and Clarissa, playwright-performer Ellen McLaughlin and director-choreographer Rachel Dickstein propel Virginia Woolf’s ecstatically unhappy hostess (McLaughlin herself) through a patently mundane yet psychologically
  11. Theater: Triumphant “Septimus & Clarissa;” Wounded “Crane”, Huffington Post (blog)
    Two shows opened recently — Septimus & Clarissa, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs. Dalloway; and Crane Story, a modern spin on the classic folk tale. Both shows are made with care by committed artists and involve a strong emphasis
  12. The Perfection of English and the Making of the KJB, PBS
    Perhaps one of the writers contemporary readers would find most unlikely to be influenced by the Bible is Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). Yet literary critic and New Yorker staff writer James Wood, in his essay on her novel To the Lighthouse (1927) in the
  13. Book Excerpt: The Dyslexic Advantage, Wired News
    “Even then I read so slowly and poorly that I took my master’s orals on three authors, Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway without having read all of their works. I couldn’t possibly read all of their works.” Fortunately, Anne could still
  14. Cookery holidays: Don’t forget your wooden spoon…, The Independent
    It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Harriet Van Horne, American columnist (1920-1998) “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own.
  15. Schabas on point, Queen’s Journal
    I’m tempted to say Virginia Woolf because she’s a favourite of mine and I’m a bit obsessed with the tensions between her aesthetic theory and her feminist views. But the problem with writers is that there can be a jarring disconnect between their
  16. Bipolar Buzz at a Philippines Cafe, Wall Street Journal (blog)
    Virginia Woolf’s Tears, aimed at depression and compulsive behavior, is an organic turkey soup with chopped green apples
  17. Fiction Addiction, New Zealand Herald
    rock & roll on vinyl, the Rolling Stones, Russia, the seaside, Frank Sinatra, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, springtime, John Steinbeck, surrealism, Henry David Thoreau, Toll House cookies, Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats,
  18. Citywide Pittsburgh Biennial comes to campus, CMU The Tartan Online
    asking visitors to essentially create the art themselves, by either writing a letter to a feminist scientist or by sitting down at a tea table and having a conversation with a total stranger (an idea borrowed from a Virginia Woolf essay calling for
  19. Where We Must Stand: African women in an age of war, Open Democracy
    Years before Butler, feminist anti-war activists – Virginia Woolf among them – drew links between war and the male domination of political and economic arenas. Woolf may not have been fully aware of it, but she wrote The Three Guineas (1937) at a time
  20. Shakespeare and his ambitious sister, The Daily Advertiser
    When writing the play, Daigle was inspired by a section of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.” In Woolf’s essay, she made the case for an imaginary Judith Shakespeare. Judith, though ambitious and equally as talented as her brother William,
  21. The brights of spring, The Independent
    Designer couple Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton’s inspiration was literary heroine Virginia Woolf. Aside from some flashes of virginal white lace, however, the execution was far more avant-garde, including hi-tech, pixelated, pastel geometrics,
  22. Radev collection: tale of three art lovers to be told in new touring exhibition, The Guardian
    He was part of the tangled Bloomsbury set although somewhat overshadowed by his better known cousin Vita Sackville-West, who had a famous affair with Virginia Woolf. “Vita was very nice to his face but my God, she belittled him behind his back,” said
  23. “Clybourne Park” (Steppenwolf Theatre): A Subtle Norris Takes THE Prize!, ChicagoNow
    Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal creates another “Virginia Woolf-esque” homestead and then during intermission totally trashes it. Rosenthal flips the makeover concept with the *after* being the mess. The house and the show is all about change!
  24. Downton Abbey is sheer fantasy, says historian, Telegraph.co.uk
    Prof Alison Light, an academic and author of Mrs Woolf and Her Servants, which explored the relationship between Virginia Woolf and her domestic staff, said that members of the Edwardian aristocracy were “mean and vindictive”.
  25. Notes From King Bolo, Wall Street Journal
    ‘You would expire of boredom,” TS Eliot warned his friend Virginia Woolf while discussing his wish to visit her home. “Insensitive persons can endure me for 24 hours; there is one old gentleman who, kept up by Port Wine,
  26. TS Eliot’s On-Again, Off-Again Anti-Semitism, Forward
    that as metic he felt literarily and personally complicit with Jews such as Sydney Schiff (a novelist and translator who published under the pen name Stephen Hudson) and Leonard Woolf (the political theorist and husband of Virginia Woolf).
  27. The perversity of Britain’s diversity regulations is bad for men, women and , Telegraph.co.uk
    The economic downturn begins, and lasts as long as a Virginia Woolf novel feels. If your company is to survive, you’re going to have to let me, or Jane, or Dave go. How easy do you think it would be to select either Jane or myself for redundancy,
  28. It would be a shame to lose Dahl’s writing hut, Moose Jaw Times-Herald
    I’ve been to several writers’ homes, including Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire, where she spent the last eight years of her life, Virginia Woolf’s country retreat Monk House in Lewes, East Sussex, and Ernest Hemmingway’s home in Key West,
  29. Otherness eludes the other Ondaatje, The Australian
    intriguing polymath Richard Burton (two books following his journeys through India, and through Africa in search of the Nile’s source); Leonard Woolf, who was a civil servant in Ceylon before he married Virginia; and Ernest Hemingway in Africa.

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Another book about Virginia Woolf. But this one is by Alexandra Harris, the brilliant ingenue of modernism and Woolf studies. She is a lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool and the author of Romantic Moderns and Virginia Woolf.

The Daily Mail calls Harris’s Virginia Woolf  a “wonderfully perceptive, unpretentious study which is pacy in style, riveting in content and perfectly accessible to the most obdurate Woolf-avoider.” What’s more, it’s eminently readable at only 180 pages and includes photos.

The review also notes Harris’s focus on Woolf’s creativity and her evolving sense of herself as a writer and says:

Every page of Harris’s insightful book is pervaded by Woolf’s passion for life, her sense of fun and her immense capacity for joy. The ‘mad genius’ and the supercilious snob with the big brain are banished.

That alone should make it worth a read.

Read more about Harris:

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Van Gogh is Bipolar is an unlikely name for a restaurant. And Virginia Woolf’s Tears is an unlikely name for a soup.

It’s an organic turkey soup with chopped green apples and thinly sliced purple cabbage that aims to alleviate depression and compulsive behavior.

The Woolf dish, along with others named after famous people, is made with ingredients that restaurant owner Jetro Rafael says affect mood and produce happy hormones. On the list are salmon, honey, cabbage, nuts and tea.

The unconventional restaurant with the unusual theme is located in Quezon City, Philippines. It’s so unconventional that it only serves 12 diners per night, and those 12 diners place their own orders, bus their own tables and pay their bills on the honor system.

If they are lucky enough to find the place open. Right now, the restaurant’s Facebook page has an alarming red banner that reads “Closed for now” over its profile photo.

Perhaps the owner and his chef are busy blissing out on happy hormones.

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Scholars are invited to submit an abstract for the inaugural meeting of The Kristeva Circle, Oct. 12-13, 2012, at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

Abstracts of 500 to 750 words on any topic related to the work of Julia Kristeva, to kristevacircle@gmail.com by March 15, 2012. Submissions from across all disciplines are welcome. Abstracts should be suitable for blind review; applicants should include a separate document with name, paper title, affiliation and contact information.

Keynote speakers at the conference will be: Noëlle McAfee of Emory University and Maria Margaroni of the University of Cyprus.

The Kristeva Circle, established in 2011, supports research on or influenced by philosopher, psychoanalyst and novelist Julia Kristeva. The group’s mission is to establish and advance Kristeva scholarship nationally and internationally.

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