Archive for December 12th, 2011

The past week offers a miscellany of Woolf sightings, from Woolf-style instructions for preparing Clafoutis Grandmère (#18) to her epitaph (#4) to a paean to beautiful books, including those published by the Hogarth Press (#27).

  1. And For My Next Midlife Crisis: It’s A Shame About RayHuffington Post UK
    The eponymous Ray receives only a cameo role on the title track, enigmatic like Virginia Woolf in an Edward Albee play. But Ray is no concept album, not like Tommy or The Wall. Shades maybe of The Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society in its 
  2. Conrad Black: Granting poetic license to Canada’s favourite libertarianNational Post (blog)
    Virginia Woolf would be an example of the first; Jano Heltai is an example of the second.” From The book of Jonas (the Old Testament prophet, no relation to the author): “Those who stand mute are accomplices to evil.” So they are. ..
  3. Top 10 Hottest Classes for Next SemesterYale Daily News
    You can take “Virginia Woolf” next year. 4) Great Hoaxes and Fantasies in Archaeology (ANTH 172/ARCG 172, So): How do famous myths about alien encounters, El Dorado or the lost city of Atlantis come about, and how are they used to support nationalism 
  4. What would your epitaph be?The State Journal-Register
    Author Virginia Woolf: “Against you I will fling myself unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!” Inventor George Washington Carver: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world. ..
  5. Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher: the iron ladiesThe Guardian
    At least since Nicole Kidman’s nose won an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours, famous actors have been applauded for pretending to be other famous people: Helen Mirren as the Queen, Michael Sheen as David Frost, Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, …
  6. The money shotLivemint
     a quote from Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Virginia Woolf, things Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges said, an Australian rock band called the Divinyls, Indian mythology and French postmodern semioticians, 
  7. Photographers take us underwater or across the yearsMontreal Gazette
    The book includes outdoor scenes, like the hill country of New Mexico, where painter Georgia O’Keeffe found inspiration, and the River Ouse, where writer Virginia Woolf drowned. But there is an even stronger emphasis on interior views and close-ups of …
  8. First Pfeiffer Now Kidman: Zac Efron is a Cougar Magnet, International Business Times AU
    Among numerous roles, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying Virginia Woolfin the 2003 drama, “The Hours.” Whether with his career or with the ladies, Zac Efron is definitely lucky.
  9. This Thing Called LifeAbout – News & Issues
    In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the heroine spends her day preparing for a party. She collects flowers, prepares her clothing, and makes all the arrangements; but she also recollects her past 
  10. Old Book, New Author: Mary Rose Donnelly on To The LighthouseNational Post
    Virginia Woolf is the master of brain rattle — all the fidgets, meanderings and distractions of a character’s mind — that ultimately shines light onto motivation, both understood and misunderstood. To The Lighthouse, published in 1927, …
  11. Woolf who turned his back on the pack – IIIThe Island.lk (subscription)
    Had Virginia Woolf been alive then, she would have been hard put to it to explain the warm respectful reception that Leonard Woolf was accorded by the Ceylonese ‘natives’. Leonard Sydney Woolf who thus turned his back on the imperialists after briefly 
  12. The readers’ room: what you thought of G2 this weekThe Guardian
    Virginia Woolf would, we hope, be proud. We were inspired to count by Kira Cochrane’s cover story in Monday’s G2, in which she questioned why British public life is so conspicuously male-dominated. For four weeks, she counted the bylines of male and …
  13. Are you there Richard Simmons?knox.VillageSoup.com (blog) (subscription)
    I looked at myself in the light of the kitchen and cringed at the realization my layered workout apparel left me resembling Virginia Woolf with a Bally’s membership. The doubting voice hissed: “Don’t go. Only people who wear coordinating spandex …
  14. The Edwardian Ball 2012 Presents Edward Gorey’s “The Iron Tonic” At San San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
    He produced illustrations for books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, HG Wells, Florence Heide and many others. His well-known animated credits for the PBS Mystery! series have …
  15. Delta DiningDelta Business Journal
    Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” If that’s her stance, then Mrs. Woolf must have been a frequent visitor to the many legendary eating establishments around the Mississippi Delta. 
  16. Poetry in devotionVancouver Sun
    But virtually everybody would know Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Between that and Virginia Woolf, I’d rather be James Hilton. Mind you, I don’t like Virginia Woolf.” ? The Jonas Variations by George Jonas is published by Cormorant Books ($24).
  17. Silence Is GoldenNew York Times
    There will be fewer and fewer of what Virginia Woolf called “moments of being,” intense sensations that stand apart from the “cotton wool of daily life.” “In the future, not getting any imagery or story line or content is going to be the equivalent of …
  18. Mark Crick’s The Household Tips of Great WritersLA Weekly (blog)
    The Guardian recently excerpted three choice recipes from his book, The Household Tips of Great Writers, which includes Crick-as-Virginia Woolf interior monologuing her way through a Clafoutis Grandmère. ​For those who love Woolf, you’ll appreciate …
  19. Walking Fitzrovia – try itFitzrovia News
    This might have needed Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw to have lived in the same building in Fitzroy Square at the same time rather than at different ones or for Augustus John and Dylan Thomas to have a different sort of relationship. …
  20. You Say You Want a Devolution?Vanity Fair
    When high-end literature was being redefined by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, great novels from just 20 years earlier—Henry James’s The Ambassadors, Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth—seemed like relics of …
  21. On track lists and heroinesLimelight Magazine (blog)
    Virginia Woolf, as portrayed in The Hours, and her struggle in a society that didn’t understand her depression. Gelsomina, from Federico Fellini’s La Strada, and her inspiring strength in enduring abuse in a toxic relationship. These characters are all …
  22. Tilda Swinton as Orlando in Sally Potter’s 1992 film versionThe Guardian

    The Hogarth Press

    As Virginia Woolf describes it in Orlando, “The Great Frost” of 1608/09 was so severe that “birds froze in mid air and fell like stones to the ground”. Other strange events occurred: “At Norwich a young countrywoman started to cross the road in her…

  23. Theatre Ad Infinitum Canada Launches With THE BIG SMOKEBroadway World
    Inspired by the lives of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, this poetic waltz with death opens February 22, 2012 and runs to March 4 at Factory Studio Theatre, with a preview on February 21. The Big Smoke won an Argus Angel Award at the 2011 …
  24. Revealed at last… the Bennett tales that time forgotStoke & Staffordshire
    The 80-year-old, from Trentham, said: “He didn’t go to university, and Virginia Woolf dismissed him as ‘provincial’. “But he was friends with HG Wells and he received a huge reception when he went to America.”
  25. Bio chemistryColumbus Dispatch
    In the past 10 years, six actresses have won the top prize for playing real people: Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours; Charlize Theron as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in The Monster; Reese Wither-spoon as June Carter in Walk the Line; …
  26. Interview: Nicole Farhi, fashion designerScotsman (blog)
    If Virginia Woolf were alive today, mused one fashion critic, she would wear Nicole Farhi. Though they remain firm friends, she is no longer with Marks (“It was great until it was not,”) and has been married to the British playwright David Hare for 19 …
  27. Cover story: a year of beautiful books, The Guardian
    Even Leonard and Virginia Woolf caught the bug when they bought a press in 1917 and set up shop from a spare room in their Richmond home. Their aim was twofold: to give Virginia a way of calming her jittery nerves (there was nothing so soothing, ...
  28. Poetry in devotion: George Jonas comes full circle with the release of his new National Post (blog)
    “How many people would know James Hilton, for instance? But virtually everybody would know Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Between that and Virginia Woolf, I’d rather be James Hilton. Mind you, I don’t like Virginia Woolf.”
  29. Read It Again, SamNew York Times
    Many authors also return regularly to Virginia Woolf. The novelist and critic Dale Peck tries to read “The Waves” every year. “It affects me like spiritual instruction,” he said. “I always feel like a better person after I put it down. 
  30. Tis a film within a play about a play made into a filmIrish Times
    He cites numerous examples, including Katie Mitchell’s use of video mixing in her version of The Waves, by Virginia Woolf, and Desperate Optimists, whose interpretation of John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World used video as a means …
  31. History, reframedLivemint
    London of the 1930s and 1940s was an exciting place with a rich group of intellectuals, like the elite Bloomsbury group consisting of literary giants Virginia Woolf and EM Forster. But the group wasn’t—as is popularly believed—entirely British. ..
  32. Student Writers, Performers Debut “The Mystique”Washington College Elm
    “The Mystique” ended up featuring works from over 15 different writers, including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, and Edgar Allen Poe. The cast handpicked everything from the scenes and order in which they fell to the costumes,…


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