Archive for October 24th, 2011

Lots of Woolf sightings here, including links to stories about Woolf’s influence on contemporary literature, photography, music and poetry — namely Mary Jo Bang’s series of six poems in The Bride of E inspired by Mrs. Dalloway. In other news, Woolf’s “Street Haunting” has been translated into Persian. For that, see #34.

  1. The 21st Century Brain, Big Think
    asked Virginia Woolf. The revolution in functional imaging has brought us closer than ever to answering this question. We now have the power to map the brain, peering into the human mind to decode words from silent thoughts.
  2. Novels of powerful silence, Times of India
    Anything by Virginia Woolf, but especially Mrs. Dalloway, most by Ian McEwan but Atonement in particular and only Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen affirm the English are masters at moral ambiguity, and relationships as class warfare.
  3. Edna, the chameleon of a wild Irish fantasy, Irish Independent
    and Lord Byron in 2009; as well as quite a few plays, including one about Virginia Woolf which was regarded as almost seminal in re-assessing that writer’s character if not her literary reputation; and several high-punching film scripts.
  4. Visitors’ book records author’s holidays, Cornish Guardian
    The book from Godrevy Lighthouse, in St Ives Bay, is signed by Virginia Stephen who, as Virginia Woolf, wrote one of the masterpieces of 20th century English Literature, To the Lighthouse. Although To the Lighthouse is set in the Hebrides,
  5. GOP Candidates Spar Over Right to Watch World Series, Gather.com
    Virginia Woolf: “Can I at least watch A&E during the beer commercials?” “The right of a woman to watch ballet on Bravo, while not explicity protected by the Bill of Rights, may be found within the subtext of most Virginia Woolf novels,” Pelosi told
  6. Cloquet author writes a novel unlike any other, Pine Journal
    When asked to describe his book, Cain said most of his sentences “could have been written by [Honoré de] Balzac” and likens it to early short stories by Dylan Thomas or Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.”
  7. Some Culture, Please, Fox Business
    On the day I purchased the pile of books for the class, I was daunted yet excited – Virginia Woolf, Annie Ernaux, Jamaica Kincaid and Natalia Ginzburg, among others. I am learning much from these women, but I think far more important is what I am
  8. ECLS Series Brings in Poetry with a Bang, The Occidental Weekly
    For instance, she took Virginia Woolf’s classic novel “Mrs. Dalloway” and condensed the 300 pages into a series of six poems. Bang said she finds this form interesting because it stimulates creativity and forms something new without the author having
  9. Mohd Hanif on ‘Alice Bhatti’, Pakistan and more, IBNLive.com
    Punjabi classical poets, Virginia Woolf, Hanif Kureishi, Truman Capote, City pages of local news papers, day time TV. Mohammed Hanif: is always at war with that other Hanif who hates writing. Mohammed Hanif: Love, I hope.
  10. Florence Welch ‘obsessed with drowning’, Sky News Australia
    One of the tracks on the album, ‘What the Water Gave Me’ re-tells the story of writer Virginia Woolf’s suicide in 1941, by weighing her pockets with stones and walking into a river. Explaining the song, Florence added to NME magazine: ‘It’s so powerful
  11. Florence And The Machine Reveal Next Single: Exclusive, MTV.com
    To wit, the first two songs released from the album — “What the Water Gave Me” and “Shake It Off” — take their inspiration from the paintings of Frida Kahlo, the death of writer Virginia Woolf and a rather blistering hangover, to name just a few.
  12. Florence + the Machine Announce ‘No Light, No Light’ as Their Next Single, PopCrush
    The tune follows the release of ‘What the Water Gave Me’ and the official lead track from the album, ‘Shake It Off.’ Welch says she was inspired by everything from the death of Virginia Woolf to the effects of a hangover. “Literally, a song can be
  13. Florence Welch `obsessed with drowning` when writing new album, Monsters and Critics.com
    She added that the track, What the Water Gave Me, is about Virginia Woolf’s suicide, when she walked into a river with stones in her pockets. She said: ‘It’s so powerful, that thing of weighing yourself down with stones. It’s idyllic in one way and
  14. A pie and a pint in old London, Northern Advocate
    In nearby Bloomsbury, the Bloomsbury Set – headed by writer Virginia Woolf, a friend of New Zealand’s Katherine Mansfield – was regarded as snobbishly intellectual. We walk narrow streets and passages reminiscent of scenes from The Bill or Minder – and
  15. New Jersey High School Teacher Posts Anti-Gay Entry on Facebook, New York Times
    It included photos of Virginia Woolf, Harvey Milk and Neil Patrick Harris. When a friend asked if the school had really put it up, Ms. Knox wrote that it had, and “I’m pitching a fit!” In subsequent posts, Ms. Knox, who teaches special education
  16. Teacher under investigation for criticizing homosexuality on Facebook page, Lifesite
    According to the Star-Ledger, Knox posted the display, which included photographs of homosexual icons Virginia Woolf, Harvey Milk, and Neil Patrick Harris, and commented, “I’m pitching a fit!” Knox, who is the faculty advisor to the high school’s
  17. In and Around the British Museum, CheapOair (blog)
    The British Museum is located in the Central London area of Bloomsbury where Karl Marx invented some of his most his revolutionary concepts, where Virginia Woolf wrote her novels, and where Charles Darwin came up with his theory of natural selection.
  18. REVIEW: The Thing Spells Out Every Little Thing Yet Tells Us Nothing, Movieline
    Today’s sci-fi leaves so little to the imagination, and The Thing comes and goes without making any kind of impression — it begins vaporizing as soon as the credits start rolling. Virginia Woolf said, “Nothing is simply one thing.
  19. Don’t blot out pioneering nature writer’s legacy, The Guardian (blog)
    Passages anticipate Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness technique, while others are likely to have influenced the modernist pantheism of DH Lawrence, who proclaimed himself “very fond” of Richard Jefferies”. The area outside Coate Water,
  20. James B. Jordan and the Glory of Kings, First Things (blog)
    In a series of close readings of only a few pages of twenty classic texts from Homer through the New Testament and the Song of Roland all the way to Virginia Woolf, Auerbach sets himself against Hegel and the Triumph of the Concept, which he saw as the
  21. From fascinators to fascinating photos, Gallery Night delights, Capital Times
    Each of the performers took as inspiration a short story by Virginia Woolf called “Haunted House,” in which a ghostly couple wander a house and garden. “Here we left it” is a line from the story; the house in question is a 1920s home at 2130 E.
  22. Nihilism meets Jane Austen, The Australian
    VIRGINIA Woolf once reviewed a staid old book called Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century, in which she respectfully damned the efforts of historians to capture the past. Scholars of history, she argued, describe all manner of external phenomena
  23. Laureate praises winning writers, Cambridge News
    The competition was part of Cambridgeshire’s To The Lighthouse festival, which has celebrated Virginia Woolf’s influence on readers and writers. Her book, A Room of One’s Own, inspired the latest challenge. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was on hand to
  24. Gertrude Stein celebrated at two Washington DC museums, BBC News
    Her experiments with language are often difficult to read, drawing comparisons with Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, but her radical rethinking of sentence construction and repetitive, rhythmic style have given literature some memorable quotations.
  25. In Their Own Words: British Novelists – Among the Ruins, Saturday, October 15, Sydney Morning Herald
    Tonight’s episode examines writers of the inter-war period, among them HK Wells, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, Barbara Cartland and PG Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowden, George Orwell and Graham Greene. It relies on a limited archive
  26. The 50 Best Quotes About Love, EcoSalon
    Virginia Woolf My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house. – Gabriel García Márquez It was a hubba, hubba, ding dang, baby you are just everythang. – Tom Waits A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become
  27. Requiem Lass, New York Times (blog)
    Death singing In her excursions to grave sites and house museums, Smith photographed, from left: Virginia Woolf’sbed;

    A screen shot of Patti Smith's photo of Virginia Woolf's bed

    Susan Sontag’s grave in Montparnasse Cemetery. So I hope it won’t spoil anything to describe the song she and some of her band were

  28. Camera Solo: See Patti Smith’s Photos of Rimbaud’s Spoon, Mapplethorpe’s , ARTINFO
    Many of the subjects of the photos in the show are literary: Virginia Woolf’s bed, the poet John Keats’s bed. At the end of Woolf’s life, her husband built her a separate room, almost like a shed, attached to the house — very humble, with a single bed
  29. `Patti Smith: Camera Solo’ At Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Courant
    Among these portraits seen in the show are Virginia Woolf’s bed and cane, Rudolf Nureyev’s slippers, Robert Graves’ hat, John Keats’ and Victor Hugo’s bed, Smith’s father’s cup, Herman Hesse’s typewriter, Robert Bolaño’s chair, several things owned by
  30. Precious Gems Publishing: Bringing Fiction into the 21st Century!, Staugnews
    Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen…there simply isn’t enough paper to list them all. We, as a culture, are extremely lucky to have been given these unbelievably fantastic authors who have saved lives, changed minds, and helped readers from
  31. At L.A. Conservancy tour house, ‘period’ comes with surprises, Los Angeles Times
    Over the mantel hangs a portrait of Virginia Woolf by California-born artist Anne Hoenig, and on the mantel sits a large bowl, collected on one of the couple’s trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. On another wall is a 1962 George Barris photograph of Marilyn
  32. Is the Booker Prize really being dumbed down?, Telegraph.co.uk
    They like some books and dislike others, just as the person whom Virginia Woolf called “the Common Reader” does. There is sometimes, admittedly, an opposition between literary merit and readability, or easy accessibility.
  33. A Woman Of Photos And Firsts, Ruth Gruber At 100, NPR (blog)
    In her doctoral dissertation on Virginia Woolf, the 20-year-old Gruber wrote that her subject “is determined to write as a woman. Through the eyes of her sex, she seeks to penetrate life and describe it.” The same could be said of the woman who wrote
  34. Woolf’s Street Haunting comes in Persian, Iran Book News Agency
    Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting” is converted into Persian by Khojasteh Keyhan and published as a single volume. IBNA: “Street Haunting: A London Adventure” is a semi-fictional essay of Virginia Woolf relating her wandering in London streets in
  35. Poet Laureate hands out top prizes in Cambridge, Cambridge First
    The Lighthouse Writing Challenge was open to young people in Cambridgeshire aged from 14 to 18 and celebrates author Virginia Woolf’s influence on both readers and writers. The youngsters were asked to submit 500 words about a place they like to go
  36. Books in English, The Slovak Spectator
    Virginia Woolf. Oxford World’s Classics, reissued in 2008. In these two essays, the renowned writer develops an innovative and politically-challenging analysis of the causes and effects of women’s exclusion from British cultural, political and economic
  37. Tall tales packaged in short stories, Toronto.com
    In her recurring focus on the nature of time, in her characters’ sense of themselves as essentially fragmented, Skibsrud’s most obvious influence here is Virginia Woolf. “It had long seemed to Ginny that things happen not at any particular or
  38. Guildford Diary: Famous friends, Spectator.co.uk (blog)
    ‘When I started to research people for Tennyson’s Gift I kept coming across references to Virginia Woolf’s Freshwater and I thought, oh I won’t let that bother me, and then I discovered that it was a play she’d written for home entertainment in the
  39. X Factor Week 9 Review: You Can’t Hurry Love-Themed 2 Hour X Factor Programmes, hecklerspray
    But as Virginia Woolf once said, “When Frankie Cocozza had those girl’s names cauterized into his sigmoid colon, he was probably just a bit tipsy.” The theme for this week was of course LOVE AND HARMONY. So, in celebration of that, we’re going to get
  40. Theater season to include new spin on classics, Brandeis University
    A Shakespeare comedy featuring original music performed by the actors; an original page-to-stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s short stories; a classic comedy of manners; and a boundary-stretching new work for dancers and sculpture: Expect a wide
  41. Ignore the Booker brouhaha. Readability is no test for literature, The Guardian
    Virginia Woolf’s The Waves is a very slow read. Schools teach language-friendly versions of Shakespeare. Ali Smith’s There But For The is a wonderful, word-playful novel, ignored by the judges this year because it doesn’t fit their idea of “readable”. ..
  42. University Challenge: Worcester Sauce Too Spicy For St Andrews, The Spoof (satire)
    Though even in our house we also knew the one with the beard wasn’t Virginia Woolf – so we felt pretty literary. We also know the answer was Gauguin, though we can’t remember the question – and that made us feel cleverer still!
  43. In praise of… short novels, The Guardian
    Indeed, Heart of Darkness, The Great Gatsby, L’Etranger….though everything by Virginia Woolf should have been much, much shorter….. The 1000-page blockbuster or the door-stopping biography work better as ebooks than in printed form.
  44. YouTube Hall of Fame: Movie Scenes We’d Like to Sue For, Grantland (blog)
    However, I also didn’t know I was going to see the most stultifying rock star of the last 25 years hoover a coconut with his sphincter while a grass-skirted, smack-talking Virginia Woolf crashes into him. There are five dominant ’90s personalities in
  45. Rhodes Scholars Elect for 2012, Scoop.co.nz (press release)
    Andrew is particularly interested in the writings of authors Janet Frame, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Andrew’s other activities include an abiding interest in cricket, both as a player and as a coach, and being a Programme Coordinator for the
  46. Thompson to bring her quirky side to AFF, Austin 360
    The woman who grew up adoring Virginia Woolf and who studied English and ancient Greek at Amherst College initially harbored ambitions of being a novelist, but her romantic notion of the book world died after the publication of her 1983 gothic novel
  47. Swimming Home, By Deborah Levy, The Independent
    And it is this recurring theme of past-in-present that Levy writes about so skilfully. She is also strong on suspense, leading the reader to a hugely surprising end. Swimming Home reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Although a short work,
  48. A man for all seasons, The Friday Times
    Not such an easy thing to do since that means facing what Virginia Woolf called “the supreme difficulty of being oneself.” What does Montaigne find, then, in this process of self-reflection? Certainly not the indubitable self of a Descartes but,
  49. Our literary disgrace, Mail & Guardian Online
    Do we not become again, at best, Third World curiosities in the context of the much larger, more illustrious holdings of the likes of Yeats, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway, for example? Or, at worst, do we not disappear completely?
  50. Searching for peace in ‘Ghosts With No Maps’, Al-Masry Al-Youm
    In “The Casual Car Pool” (2005), American author Katherine Bell uses the stream of consciousness style, which Virginia Woolf was famous for, to depict a full view of the lives of her characters. Four unrelated people meet by mere chance;
  51. Outdated curriculum readjusted, Lamron
    Along the way, this person will likely read literature from the American and British canons (Herman Melville and Virginia Woolf), as well as “non-traditional” literature (Jamaica Kincaid and Maxine Kingston), and even some Shakespeare plays (“Twelfth

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