Archive for October 3rd, 2011

Woolf has gone global again, with Woolf sightings from Iran to Ireland to Cyprus to Minneapolis. But the not-so-big story reported by at least five media outlets last week (numbers one through five below) is that actress Annette Bening will read Mrs. Dalloway and Nicole Kidman To the Lighthouse for upcoming Audible recordings. Woolf is the only writer to garner two audio reads.

  1. Hollywood A-Listers reading for Audible.com series, TheCelebrityCafe.com
    The Hollywood Reporter wrote the celebrities will be recording well-known books such as Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There. Kate Winslet was the first to record a book.
  2. Stars Will Read Amazon Unit’s New Audio Book Series, New York Times (blog)
    Watts (“Summer,” by Edith Wharton), Dustin Hoffman (“Being There,” by Jerzy Kosinski), Annette Bening (“Mrs. Dalloway,” by Virginia Woolf), Samuel L. Jackson (“A Rage in Harlem,” by Chester Himes) and Kim Basinger (“The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin).
  3. Audible to release audio performances by Firth, Hathaway and more A-list celebs, USA Today
    With the female celebrity lit lovers clearly outnumbering the male lit lovers – and Virginia Woolf the only writer to double dip! Annette Bening reading Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; Nicole Kidman (who played Woolf in The Hours) reading Woolf’s To the
  4. Famous People Will Read Famous Books for You, New York Magazine
    Celebrities interested in helping the public become more literate include Nicole Kidman, who will record Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Colin Firth (Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair), Susan Sarandon (Carson McCullers’s The Member of the
  5. Annette Bening, Dustin Hoffman and More Will Lend Their Voices to Upcoming , Playbill.com
    Among the titles to be recorded are Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” read by Bening; Jerzy Kosinski’s “Being There,” read by Hoffman; L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” read by Hathaway; Chester Hines’ “A Rage in Harlem,” read by Jackson;
  6. Inside the mind of Mulk Raj Anand, Daily Pioneer
    Comparing the lengths of the average sentence in the individual compositions of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf who are his contemporaries, Waley goes on to muse that the Industrial Revolution has transformed literature,
  7. Christians should embrace shared faith, Herald Sun
    ENGLISH author and feminist Virginia Woolf wondered about the lack of empathy between some people. Why are we so hard on each other, she asked, when life is so difficult for all of us and when, in the end, we value the same things? Ms Woolf came to
  8. The perfectly preserved English country house designed by Lutyens in France , Daily Mail
    The beautiful mock-Tudor manor just off the Normandy coast was a popular meeting place for artists and thinkers from around Europe including Virginia Woolf, Pablo Picasso and Claude Debussy. Yet the £9million Bois des Moutiers cannot find a buyer.
  9. Madness and Creativity: Is there such thing as the “Mad-Genius”?, PsychCentral.com (blog)
    Virginia Woolf was a brilliant novelist who suffered from bipolar mood swings. John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner in mathematics, was the figure of the movie A Beautiful Mind, faced a life long battle with Schizophrenia. Many other writers and artists also
  10. An England that exists just outside living memory, Sunday Times.lk
    Vita Sackville-West is famous as the author of ‘The Edwardians’, the one time lover of Virginia Woolf and the gardener responsible for the exquisite beauty of the grounds at Sissinghurst in Kent, England. Vita created the latter with her husband,
  11. Novelist Jayne Joso finds freedom of thought in the Welsh landscape, WalesOnline
    I read in Virginia Woolf’s diaries recently how she found that the activity of diary writing had greatly helped her style and “loosened the ligatures”, which puts it perfectly. It also reminds me of a documentary I once saw in which AS Byatt explained
  12. Malcolm Lazin on LGBT History Month 2011, OUTTAKE VOICES (blog)
    McMillen – Activist, Ryan Murphy – Writer/Director, Dan Savage – Journalist, Amanda Simpson – Government Official, Wanda Sykes – Comedian, Lilli Vincenz – Gay Pioneer, Virginia Woolf – Author and Pedro Zamora – AIDS Activist & MTV Personality.
  13. Book Review: Virginia Woolf by Alexandra Harris, California Literary Review
    by Ed Voves by Alexandra Harris On a sunny September morning during the late 1930′s, Virginia Woolf sat writing in her county home, Monk’s House, in Sussex. Looking up from her work, Woolf noticed a moth fluttering from one corner of the window to the
  14. Iranians to enjoy Woolf’s Moments of Being, Iran Book News Agency
    “A Sketch of the Past”, an autobiography of Virginia Woolf published in “Moments of Being”, is converted into Persian by Majid Eslami. IBNA: “A Sketch of the Past” is the name of an autobiographical article penned by Virginia Woolf that was
  15. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill, The Guardian
    She does not have much time for Virginia Woolf, but she describes here what Woolf might call “moments of being” and bears witness to the fact that such moments can be as powerful at 90 as at 19. Does Field, I wonder, feel the same?
  16. Oh, a Happy Life if Back in Moscow, New York Times
    Last fall, Classic Stage Company in New York presented her pitch-perfect 2003 re-creation of Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando.” Now she has tackled “Three Sisters,” Anton Chekhov’s 110-year-old drama about young women in the provinces with big-city
  17. TS Eliot’s Rattle of Miseries, New York Times
    Among the literary figures, the most impressive were Pound; Virginia Woolf, whose viperish tongue was more lethal than any poison of the Borgias (she found Eliot “peevish, plaintive, egotistical,” with a “sepulchral voice”); and Bertrand Russell,
  18. Lost in France: The Lutyens jewel that nobody wants, The Independent
    Over the next month, an ambitious plan will be announced to try to preserve the site – which has connections with writers, artists and musicians from Marcel Proust to Virginia Woolf, Joan Miró and Claude Debussy – as a Franco-British cultural centre.
  19. The extraordinary gentlemen’s latest, Livemint
    Then there are the constant characters, Wilhel“mina” Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Allan Quatermain from H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, and Orlando (probably from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando). Throw in pop references, such as Harry Potter,
  20. Stacy Schiff, author of ‘Cleopatra: A Life,’ on the perfect biography subject, Chicago Tribune
    Virginia Woolf once reviewed a mediocre novel with the line, “The string didn’t quite unite the pearls, but the pearls were there.” I took that as a sort of operating premise. Q: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Vera Nabokov, Ben Franklin in Paris, Cleopatra.
  21. Joan Didion: Stepping into the River Styx, Again, Publishers Weekly
    “A couple of years ago… a movie… did you happen to see it… about Virginia Woolf?” (The movie is The Hours, adapted from the book of the same name by Michael Cunningham.) “Just the part where she was in the water was stuck in my mind.
  22. NinetoFive Music News, Nine to Five
    Virginia Woolf creeps into it…Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title.” Haunting and optimistic single Shake It Out is worth a listen. For a sneak peak on her sophomore album, watch exclusive studio footage and preview music
  23. How to write the new biography, The Guardian
    Peter Parker, biographer of JR Ackerley, will discuss Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip, followed by a consideration of animals in biography and autobiography and autobiographies by animals, including Virginia Woolf’s Flush, James Lever’s Me, Cheeta,
  24. Jane Urquhart inspired by visual imagination, The Telegram
    Books Urquhart plans to reference include Elizabeth Bowen’s “The Last September,” Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” as well as poetry by Brendan Kinelly. Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” will also be referenced, since Urquhart feels it’s a particularly
  25. The Mindscape of Septimus and Clarissa: Ripe Time Adapts Virginia Woolf’s Mrs , Brooklyn Rail
    These words open Virginia Woolf’s novel, as they do Septimus and Clarissa, the stunning dramatic adaptation of Mrs. Dalloway now at the Baruch Performing Arts Center until October 8th. An ambitious project with a lyrical script by the playwright and
  26. Get the inside scoop, Kingsburg Recorder
    The senior’s interests range from playing golf to watching a supernatural TV series about a werewolf to reading Virginia Woolf. The 17-year-old’s college plans, and she says this could change, are to attend California State University,
  27. A Room With Some Views, The Link
    I had written down the same before, but then we both thought about Virginia Woolf, and then came the question “Were you inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Waves?” Then came a question from one of her students—something to the effect of whether certain parts
  28. Imagining HG Wells’ sex life, Salon
    “A Man of Parts” opens in blitzed London in the spring of 1944, when Wells, nearly 78, diagnosed with liver cancer and eclipsed by modernists like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, retreats into his own head to review his life. Lodge writes, “The mind is
  29. Ray Robertson: Regardless of form, National Post (blog)
    Additionally, I’ve always admired writers, like Virginia Woolf, who were equally comfortable working in fictional and non-fictional genres. And good writing is, after all, good writing, regardless of the form it takes. And as for who my intended reader
  30. Booker Prize judge has rare literary letters stolen from his house… by his , Daily Mail
    By Daily Mail Reporter A handyman stole a treasure trove of manuscripts by famous figures including Sir Winston Churchill, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and TS Eliot, from a Man Booker Prize judge. Tyrone Somers, a university graduate, was working for Dr
  31. Man jailed for theft of manuscripts by Churchill, Joyce, Amis and Eliot, The Guardian
    Photograph: Sean Smith A university graduate who stole £36000 of manuscripts by famous figures including Sir Winston Churchill, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and TS Eliot has been jailed for 30 months. Tyrone Somers was working as a handyman for
  32. Festival shines a light on Virginia Woolf, Cambridge Network
    A Cambridge festival draws attention to the work of Virginia Woolf – and uses her work as a creative focus. What started as a conversation over a bottle of wine a couple of years ago has resulted in a festival for readers and writers celebrating the
  33. Sheer brilliance at Perth Fashion Festival, WA today
    Taking inspirational cues from the Modernist era, one could imagine Virginia Woolf herself adopting these looks for their free form shapes and strong colours that stir melancholy. Zhivago came out to play for the first time to launch a glamourous
  34. The Sparkler of Albion: The Many Faces of Charles Dickens, Telegraph.co.uk
    As Virginia Woolf pointed out in Orlando, “a biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may well have as many thousand”. Few people lead as many lives as Dickens, who enjoyed coining extra nicknames
  35. Art, science should have equal importance to human experience, The Independent Florida Alligator
    Einstein had some things to say about time, but so did Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. If you have ever walked the “Waste Land” and heard “What the Thunder Said,” you no doubt understand the new fractured reality of the 20th century.
  36. As a manner of fact…, gair rhydd
    As Virginia Woolf quite rightly put it: “I should remind you how much depends on you, and what an influence you can exert upon the future”. Let the future be full of gentlemen and a place where women re-discover their self respect.
  37. BIOGRAPHY REVIEW: “Virginia Woolf, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    If she intends to write fiction, Virginia Woolf proclaimed in 1929, “a woman must have money and a room of her own.” Woolf had both. And she made the most of them. One of the great modernists of the 20th century, she produced more than a dozen books,
  38. Mulkraj Anand in gripping conversations, Organiser
    He got introduced to the celebrated writers of the time, including such eminent names as TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf, EM Foster and Aldous Huxley. Most of the writers of the time belonged to what came to be known as Bloomsbury Group.
  39. Read any good Montaigne essays lately?, Dayton Daily News
    von Goethe’s “Faust,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse.” Of course, adults have been lamenting the lack of reading by teenagers since Virgil was in junior high.
  40. What I’m wearing: Brogues, Telegraph.co.uk
    If you like a studious Virginia Woolf look then Bob’s your uncle, but if your ankles are on the stolid side, it’s best to stick to wearing trousers with your brogues. And if you’re pitching for something vampy, the brogue’s not really a goer.
  41. Aysha Taryam: Don’t be afraid to say the F-word, Gulf Today
    Women thinkers, philosophers and activists like Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir and Sylvia Plath have written extensively on the subject of women’s rights believing that only a woman can truly portray the struggle of her race. Books like Woolf’s A
  42. Theatre of the mind, Cyprus Mail
    For this project, Lea assembled the Persona theatre group, a cast of friends (theatre specialists) who had appeared together in a 2003 production of Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The group has also performed co-productions with theatre companies in the UK
  43. Hermione Lee to share biographer’s secrets, Irish Times
    Hermione Lee, a veteran in the field, biographer of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, will speak on all this – and share details of the tactics needed to write something masterful – when she speaks in Dublin next month. Lee has also written lives of
  44. A little corner of England in France, BBC News
    For the first 25 years of its existence, Le Bois des Moutiers was the centre of an intimate and highly distinguished arts scene, with other visitors including writers Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf and painter Pablo Picasso.
  45. Three adoptions in the family, The Guardian
    Virginia Woolf said that we think back through our mothers if we are women – and I do. That female line also embraces Annie and Eva, and puts them at the heart of my story. How could it not? They are my people; the people I grew up with.
  46. Why I Love Hemingway (and Why I Write), Wired News
    When I was 18, Virginia Woolf * stirred in me the desire to write. Hemingway made that desire last. For that I will always love him. Hemingway’s Boat [the book under review] is a book written with the virtuosity of a novelist, hagiographic in the right
  47. Stars with multiple roles in the Oscar race, GoldDerby
    Though she lost her Best Actress bid to Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), Kidman won the following year for playing author Virginia Woolf in “The Hours.” Billy Bob Thornton, 2001: For a while, it seemed like his stronger film was the Coen Brothers’
  48. Flashback Five – Nicole Kidman’s Best Movies, AMCtv.com (blog)
    Well, it’s not exactly disproved by this critically acclaimed drama, for which Kidman took home Best Actress as a dowdy Virginia Woolf. But even without the prosthetic nose, Kidman’s performance as the novelist is still transformative.
  49. This week we were, Irish Times
    Listening to a letter from TS Eliot to Virginia Woolf in the Paris Review, ahead of the publication this month of The Letters of TS Eliot . In it he describes being “boiled in a hell-broth” leaving his mother off in Liverpool to take a transatlantic
  50. Amy: She’s exhausted being editor for husband, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Some spouses can write and edit together, but with the exception of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, these two roles don’t always mix well. Your adoring accolades will mean nothing if you are not honest. Without honesty, the empty praise will bring on more

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