Archive for January 23rd, 2012

The fascinating second season of the PBS Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey is in full swing. And a couple of Woolf sightings can’t resist connecting Woolf to the show via the English country manor of lover and friend Vita Sackville-West and via World War I as presented in Mrs. Dalloway.

If you missed any episodes since the new season began on Jan. 8, you can watch them here.

  1. Not your average prof, Eastern Echo
    Though, Allen admits she’s rereading Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” (as she does every year). She said, “Each time I read it, I have a different impression. I’m really looking forward to reading it in my fifties so I can relate to Mrs. Dalloway. …
  2. History in the Making, Red Pepper
    In the January round-ups few critics will fail to register 2011’s historic nature, but Mason, I’d wager, will be the only mainstream figure who’ll go so far as to propose – as Virginia Woolf once did of human character in 1910 – that in this year human
  3. Virginia Woolf: ‘Haworth expresses the Brontës; the Brontës express Haworth’, Telegraph.co.uk
    “Haworth expresses the Brontës; the Brontës express Haworth,” wrote Virginia Woolf after a visit to the village in 1904. “They fit like a snail to its shell.” Climb the steep, cobbled high street to the parsonage where the family lived and the modern
  4. A master class in telling travelers’ tales, Sunday’s Zaman
    She never emphasizes her important husband or even the fact she was writing to her famous friend, Virginia Woolf. Instead of the sneer at life we come to link with Bloomsbury, her story reveals a love for Persia, based on its remoteness and lack of
  5. From Patti Smith, Images Romantic and Morbid
    New York Times
    But there is something endearing about the famous artist who remains a fan of other artists — even if she has special access to Virginia Woolf’s bedroom or other spaces closed to the rest of us. And there is something more than just an adolescent
  6. Buyers’ attitudes – they either exhaust every option before being satisfied or , Financial Times
    As Virginia Woolf once wrote, some people are radiators and others drains – E exudes warmth. She’s looking for a home that can accommodate a family but also has that “wow” factor. She desires something kooky that can blend into many different roles:
  7. Art Preview: “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage”, Washingtonian.com (blog)
    Over the course of about two years, Leibovitz traveled across America and to Europe in search of some of her own heroes: Ansel Adams, Virginia Woolf, Georgia O’Keeffe, Elvis Presley, Eleanor Roosevelt—even Sigmund Freud. She photographed their homes
  8. New work by Annie Leibovitz at American Art Museum, Washington Post (blog)
    One affecting display offers side-by-side images of Virginia Woolf’s ink-stained desk as well as the dark blue wake of River Ouse, where the author drowned herself in 1941. Elvis Presley shot his television in the 1970s.
  9. Planning a Pilgrimage with Annie Leibovitz, USA TODAY (blog)
    But her kids don’t care, she goes and sees the water and gets inspired and then she decides to go see all these other things, like Virginia Woolf’s writing studio, and multiple trips to Yosemite to try to get the same sort of Ansel Adams sky,
  10. Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, January 20, 2012, Library Journal
    With a vintage Polaroid instant camera, Smith shoots photographs that connect her interests in literature and poetry, including images simple yet profound of objects like the slippers of Robert Mapplethorpe, the bed of Virginia Woolf, and the spoon of
  11. Patti Smith’s photographic ‘diary’ is one for devotees, The Guardian
    Among the talismanic objects she has captured on her Polaroid Land camera are Robert Graves’s hat, William Blake’s death mask and headstone, the beds of Virginia Woolf and John Keats and a pair of monogrammed slippers worn by Smith’s erstwhile muse and
  12. Court strikes wrong note on music copyright, Yakima Herald-Republic
    The New York Times has reported that the law restored copyrights in films by Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf, and paintings by Picasso. It did the same for transformational 20th century musical composers like
  13. Sunset Series with Juliet Nicolson, Sunday Times.lk
    Later Vita returned to her husband, children and home but continued to have several affairs; most notable of those being her affair with Virginia Woolf. Juliet fondly spoke about her grandfather, Harold, and about growing up in the castle.
  14. Where the Heart Is, Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun
    Whether in section discussing the work of Virginia Woolf, or just with friends learning of the wonder that is Nutella, I am enveloped in an unabating sense of awakening (honestly, where has Nutella been all my life? I have utterly no idea).
  15. Wired for Love, Isthmus Daily Page
    Hui’s early music group Eliza’s Toyes performed amidst the Memorial Library stacks; a recent performance of his own work involved a guided installation inspired by Virginia Woolf. “I’m not excited just by ‘exposing’ people to classical music;
  16. The Stranger in the Mirror, By Jane Shilling, The Independent
    “I don’t believe in ageing,” wrote Virginia Woolf when she hit 50. “I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” This pragmatic approach to middle-age struck journalist Jane Shilling as a better idea than “sticking a patch on my bottom and
  17. About the books, Sacramento News & Review
    By Alison Rood Every year around January I revisit the literary journey that began with Dr. Seuss, progressed to tales about heroic dogs, and eventually—when I was in my early 20s—wound its way to Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and George Eliot.
  18. The film list: Best of director Stephen Daldry, GoErie.com
    Daldry managed to film a supposedly unfilmable novel that spans the lives of three women in different times, all connected by Virginia Woolf’s novel, “Mrs. Dalloway.” Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for playing Woolf; the stellar cast also includes Meryl
  19. Beyond the Roaming and Rambling, The Sensitive Side of Woody Guthrie, New York Times
    And the distance between them made for moments that suggested something akin to Virginia Woolf paraphrasing Mark Twain. Even so, the lyrics for Guthrie’s sometimes mystical love songs had the same rough-hewn diction as his broadsides.
  20. Learning curve, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    They started by reading “The Waves,” a poetic 1931 novel about consciousness by the English feminist Virginia Woolf. After a lot of stops, starts and “regrouping,” they distilled their response into a two-part installation that includes a spare,
  21. Where have all the book illustrators gone?, The Independent
    You wouldn’t wish on any artist the job of drawing much of Virginia Woolf. But the possibility that illustrations could actually illumine writing and draw out elements of a narrative doesn’t seem to count for much any more. And as Posy Simmonds,
  22. Algonquin late bloomer now a Rhodes Scholar, Chicago Daily Herald
    Alexis particularly loves the modernist literature of James Joyce, TS Eliot and Virginia Woolf. “English, literature, they always made sense to me in a way that nothing else does,” she said. Naturally, English always came easy, but Alexis concedes she
  23. Public domain copyright renewable, says top US court, Sydney Morning Herald
    The law applied mainly to works first published abroad between 1923 and 1989 that had earlier not been eligible for copyright protection under US law, including films by Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf,
  24. Meryl Streep: Is She Unbeatable for ‘Iron Lady’?, Daily Beast
    The past decade has seen actors and actresses take home trophies for their impersonations of Edith Piaf, June Carter Cash, Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, Truman Capote, Virginia Woolf, Ray Charles, Idi Amin, and Harvey Milk.
  25. I treat writing much like a 50-hour a week job, Tehelka
    Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Dostoyevsky, Pasternak, Tolstoy, and Kafka were my touchstones then. Do Amitav and you discuss your books and take feedback from each other during the writing process? Not during the writing process.
  26. Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Supreme Court Rules, New York Times
    The law applied mainly to works first published abroad from 1923 to 1989 that had earlier not been eligible for copyright protection under American law, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf, symphonies by Prokofiev
  27. From the archive, 19 January 1929: Modern novelists under attack, The Guardian
    Discussing those writers who dealt with the “stream of consciousness,” the speaker mentioned Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Dorothy Richardson, of whom the first was the most delicate and charming. Betraying a critical acquaintance with the works of
  28. Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books at Cambridge , Culture24
    I. There are handwritten manuscripts by John Donne and Virginia Woolf, journals from the trenches and military money from the Austrian-occupied zone of Italy, borrowed from the 10000-strong War Reserve Collection of First World War ephemera.
  29. Top 5 Parks in London, CheapOair (blog)
    Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew: A short train ride outside central London, Kew Gardens has been immortalized in the works of authors like Virginia Woolf. The park’s beautiful landscaping and world-renown glasshouses rival botanical gardens across the
  30. Wishing Ms. Woolf a happy birthday, Ridgefield Press
    Virginia Woolf Legendary British author, Virginia Woolf was born on Jan. 25, 1882. On Jan. 28, 2012 her birthday will be celebrated in a most auspicious way at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, from 12:30 to 5:30 pm Thirty actors
  31. Another Page Torn Unceremoniously From The Book, Patch.com
    Virginia Woolf.  We are the sum total of all that we’ve experienced to date; the things we’ve done; the things we’ve failed to do; the people with whom we’ve interacted; the places we’ve been; everything in our lives is a cohesive building block in the
  32. Michelle Williams, In Character Yet Again, On GQ, New York Observer
    While we don’t recall Nicole Kidman shooting any Vanity Fair covers in early 2003 dressed as Virginia Woolf, Michelle Williams is on the cover of GQ (un)dressed as Marilyn Monroe, complete with peroxidey hair. If this cover looks familiar,
  33. War poet’s playful side revealed, The Press Association
    A velvet-bound sermon book belonging to Queen Elizabeth I will share exhibition space with hand-written manuscripts by John Donne and Virginia Woolf and trench journals, produced by troops for troops while in action during the First World War.
  34. Downton Abbey and ‘the cult of the English country house’, National Post (blog)
    Anyone who reads the work of Vita Sackville-West (novelist, renowned gardener, lover of Virginia Woolf) understands the great sorrow of her life, the cruel fate that prevented her from inheriting Knole, the vast 17th-century mansion (365 rooms,
  35. The British 1 Percent: Downton Abbey Episode Two, Grantland (blog)
    The brilliance of Julian Fellowes’ accomplishment with Downton is his ability to tear pages from PBS staples Jane Austen, EM Forster, and Virginia Woolf and ball them together into a wholly original creation. The effect is not unlike what David Chase
  36. Downton Abbey bookmania, The Periscope Post
    on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque; Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sasson; Regeneration by Pat Barker; Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos; Johnny Got his Gun by Dalton Trumbo; and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, amongst others.
  37. AcA announces new Performing Arts Residency Program, The Daily Advertiser
    This performance is inspired by a passage from Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.“ William and Judith imagines the relationship between William Shakespeare and his equally talented sister, Judith, who arrives in London after being disowned for
  38. Adam Gopnik., Globe and Mail
    Virginia Woolf, easily the best essayist in the English language, pulled it off, but Hugh Trevor-Roper, no slouch himself, always seemed to freeze whenever it came to writing whole books. And who now remembers William Hazlitt’s biography of Napoleon?
  39. Graphic Novels Prepub Alert: Guy Delisle, Alison Bechdel & The Graphic Cannon, Library Journal
    We’re promised a story that folds Dr. Seuss, 20th-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, Virginia Woolf, childhood journals, and Bechdel’s love life into an account of the mother-daughter bond, from Bechdel’s childhood to recent years.
  40. Spotlight India, Sunday Times.lk
    Vita and Harold, two intensely creative individuals, were close friends with many members of the famous Bloomsbury Group, which included EM Forster, TS Eliot, Leonard and Virginia Woolf (with whom Vita had an affair) and other luminaries.
  41. Mallick: Why columnists should confess, Toronto Star
    Never pretend that something isn’t worth having simply because you don’t have it, Virginia Woolf once wrote. Don’t claim that Atwood’s a bad writer because she hurt you or because, like Fulford, you appeared to have soured on life.
  42. Cheer & Jeers: Joe Paterno and the Powerball on the rise, Patriot-News
    Virginia Woolf longed for a room with a view. Leena Sharif just wanted a room to pray. Surely there was a better option than sending her home. CHEERS to realestate.aol.com for its study showing that the Harrisburg area ranks ninth nationally for
  43. Nicole Kidman plays Ernest Hemingway muse in HBO biopic, Los Angeles Times
    For Kidman, there were some parallels with her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in the Academy Award-winning feature “The Hours.” “It was kind of a necessity in the journey of my career to find these women and tell their stories,” Kidman, 44, told reporters
  44. The story of the self, The Guardian
    One of the most interesting writers on memory, Virginia Woolf, shows this process in action. In her autobiographical essay, A Sketch of the Past, she tells us that one of her earliest memories is of the pattern of flowers on her mother’s dress,
  45. The case for writing letters, especially by hand, ScrippsNews
    SJ Perelman, Toulouse-Lautrec, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Robert Frost, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt and the veritable, indefatigable master of the genre, Madame de Sevigne.
  46. Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700, PressZoom (press release)
    The exhibition title, Shakespeare’s Sisters, is inspired in part by an influential essay by Virginia Woolf. In A Room of One’s Own (1929), Woolf imagined a sister for Shakespeare called Judith, who wanted to be a playwright like her brother,
  47. Celebrating writers and their friends, Irish Times
    The series begins on January 24th with Nicholas Grene discussing Yeats and Synge; that will be followed by Amanda Piesse on Shakespeare’s same-sex friendships (January 31st); Eve Patten on Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Bowen (February 7th);
  48. Booker High records second contest victory, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    At this point, the Tornadoes sensed victory, but North Port refused to succumb, matching point for point as questions on refractive indexes mingled with James Thurber, Jackie Onassis, population growth and Virginia Woolf proved an exciting period of
  49. La belle Huppert, The Australian
    She played Medea at the Avignon festival in the great courtyard of the Palais des Papes, and reminds me she has acted in Hedda Gabler; Orlando, adapted from Virginia Woolf; and other dramas such as Robert Wilson’s interpretation of Quartett,

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