Archive for March 5th, 2012

Well, it’s true that Virginia Woolf didn’t know about Skyping (#15), but she is among this week’s top tweets (#39) and is listed as one of the top highlights in women’s history (#3). You’ll also find her photo among those included in the slide show at the Women’s History Month website.

Scroll down for more Woolf sightings, including her appearance in a 1970s-era science fiction novel (#29).

  1. New York: Morgan Library’s exhibition is a creature feature, Los Angeles Times
    Artists represented include Albrecht Dürer, TS Eliot, David Hockney, George Orwell, Sergei Prokofiev, EB White and Virginia Woolf. Highlights include a first edition of Haydn’s “Creation” (in which a “roaring” lion is represented with bass trills and
  2. Upstairs Downstairs: episode three, The Guardian (blog)
    All the signs were there: inquiring mind, no makeup, Virginia Woolf-type clothes, comfortable shoes… And lo, here comes Portia (Emilia Fox), the author of The Golden Blaze, a swoonsome novel detailing their romance amongst the archaeological ruins of
  3. March highlights in US women’s history, ReporterNews.com
    March 23, 1917: Virginia Woolf establishes the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf. March 31, 1888: The National Council of Women of the US is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth, among others;
  4. Teju Cole’s mesmerizing ‘Open City’ up for the NBCC fiction award, Plain Dealer
    Cole’s approach is frequently compared to WG Sebald’s, but the fluidity and contingency put me in mind of Virginia Woolf’s. Last month, Cole told the Hindu magazine that he tucked into his novel a “very close, formal analogue” to a story in James
  5. The aire of the Soulquarians, CBC Radio 3 (blog)
    known as one of three air signs in the western zodiac, is famous for a long list of important thinkers and artists, which include Charles Dickens, James Joyce, Anton Chekov, Mozart, Angela Davis, Virginia Woolf, Germaine Greer, Oprah Winfrey,
  6. Biography: Wilberforce: Family and Friends, By Anne Stott, The Independent
    James Stephen, the great-grandfather of Virginia Woolf, married Wilberforce’s beloved sister Sally after she was widowed, and Zachary Macaulay (father of the historian Thomas Babbington Macaulay) became a stalwart abolitionist and friend to the
  7. Women in word, Deccan Herald
    This is best brought out by Michael Cunningham in The Hours when he writes about Virginia Woolf beginning Mrs Dalloway: “Her mind hums. This morning she may penetrate the obfuscation, the clogged pipes, to reach the gold. She can feel it inside her,
  8. Albee Is Ready to Revisit His Past, New York Times
    Mr. Albee has always been lacerating, whether in his get-the-guests parlor games of “Virginia Woolf” and “Lady From Dubuque” or his public fury when the producers of “Dubuque” quickly closed the Broadway show. (He openly referred to them as “the seven
  9. Five Best: Elizabeth Lowry, Wall Street Journal
    In a flashback to 1923, meanwhile, the reluctantly childless Virginia Woolf struggles to begin “Mrs. Dalloway” (working title, “The Hours”), which was Laura Brown’s preferred reading and appears to be the linking text in this plangent, tightly wrought
  10. Lost Souls in Sydney, CounterPunch
    She is sustained by moments of transcendence much like Virginia Woolf’s characters, with whom she shares a certain affinity. Here, for example, a moment from her childhood, when hunger and poverty were always present: “And when snow at last came,
  11. About this article, The Guardian
    For another, it chimed nicely with the 1920s trend for gentle literary fantasy, recalling Lady Into Fox (1922) by Townsend Warner’s good friend David Garnett, and anticipating such works as Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (1928) and Rebecca West’s Harriet
  12. Townsend Harris Teacher Wins $25000 Milken Award, New York Times
    Mr. Olechowski also teaches a colloquium-style course for 12th graders at Queens College, in which students read a classic of Western literature each week “from the Bible to Virginia Woolf” and get college credit. “There almost isn’t any real teaching;
  13. Theatre Review: Soulpepper’s Long Day’s Journey into Night works the The , National Post
    Her solo performance, of a script written by herself and her director Nir Paldi (with acknowledgments to Anne Sexton, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, which should give you an idea) is mostly sung, a capella. This turns out to be an extraordinary
  14. London Loves – An introduction to In The Know, Telegraph.co.uk
    London has produced dazzling writers from Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf to Oscar Wilde and Ian Fleming. It continues to foster some of our greatest literature, inspired by animated pub conversations in Bloomsbury, walks on Hampstead Heath and
  15. Adam Wilson, author of ‘Flatscreen,’ talks about sex, drugs, and misery, but , Capital New York
    “It’s the one thing we can contribute to literature,” he said, his voice taking on a wry tone. “No one’s going to write Ulysses or To the Lighthouse again. But Joyce or Virginia Woolf couldn’t tell you about Skyping.
  16. Chelsey Flood, First Story writer-in-residence, interviews young writer Wes Brown, The Periscope Post
    I’m also very keen on Virginia Woolf and George Eliot. I think I’ve only really started writing in the last year. The stories, and failed novel attempts before were all kind of first base. Shark is an attempt at British social realism with American
  17. Our Meds, Ourselves, CU Columbia Spectator
    “Do you think Virginia Woolf would’ve ever written Mrs. Dalloway if someone had just handed her a Prozac at 20?” I ask a writer friend of mine one day on East Campus. “No, she wouldn’t have,” he says, pausing. “But in the same vein, do you think [our
  18. Local literary organization supports writers and schools worldwide, Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
    During the course of this conversation, we talked about Virginia Woolf’s dictum that a writer needs “a room of one’s own” in order to create her work and we lamented the number of people whose stories are being untold due to lacking the privileges
  19. Railway engineering: the nuts and bolts of hidden beauty, The Guardian
    The mosaics feature Greta Garbo, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf and others as muses and “modern virtues”; they are fun. They may be no oil painting – but how can anything so big be so invisible? Is it a question of slowing one’s pace,
  20. ‘I’d like to thank all the people who will still employ me…’, The Independent
    She helmed a moderately well-received Virginia Woolf adaptation, Mrs Dalloway (1997), The Luzhin Defence (2000), and Carolina (2003), a romantic comedy starring Shirley MacLaine. Nonetheless, her career tailed off. Although she did go on to make Within
  21. Check It Out at the Library: Worth noting: Early women writers were ‘firsts , Enterprise-Record
    20th century writers identified in the exhibition included Willa Cather (1873-1947), Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), Eudora Welty (1909-2001) and Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).
  22. Losing Bialystoker home; Losing the love in LES, The Villager
    Present joys are precious — what Virginia Woolf called “Moments of Being.” What I find most heartening is her reaction to people who enter her room. She says, “I love you” or “I love him” or “You are my favorite dress.” She is pure love.
  23. Gail Jones’ ‘Five Bells’ Is a Slow, Satisfying Meditation on Memory and Moving , PopMatters
    Though Jones makes frequent reference to Russian writers (Gogol, Pasternak), her most obvious literary cousin is Virginia Woolf, who also dealt in metaphors of time and water, and who relegated plot to secondary status in order to give stream of
  24. Memoirs of an Earth Mama, University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
    It was then that I realized the truth in the wisdom of Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse”: It is not the destination that matters, but rather the journey. My journey with The Cavalier Daily had ended when I hung up my editing hat,
  25. Last Wednesday Book Club: Mrs. Dalloway, 6News Lawrence
    This month the library’s Last Wednesday Book Club will discuss Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness masterpiece follows Clarissa Dalloway through the course of a day as she prepares to host a party in the evening.
  26. ‘Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands’ Exhibition to Celebrate Authors , Huffington Post UK
    Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands will look at how writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf and Hanif Kureishi have been inspired by the British landscape. The show, part of the London 2012 Festival coinciding with the Olympics,
  27. Get To Know… Amen Dunes, ChartAttack
    Beyond music, Damon spend his time buried in Virginia Woolf and writing short story after short story, though he was a little too embarrassed to share some over the phone. After living in China, he moved back stateside and actually made an album in New
  28. Jewish silver craft preserved alive in Yemen, Bikya Masr
    a vision of a better future safely anchored in the scandalous strength of the past, or in the words of Virginia Woolf: “The present when backed by the past is a thousand times deeper than the present when it presses so close that you feel nothing.”
  29. 10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You’ve Never Read, io9
    Later, Benaroya disguises herself as Emma Peel (from The Avengers) and author Virginia Woolf. Other members of her species are disguised as Abraham Lincoln and George S. Patton, while their support drones look like Richard Nixon.

    Passing for Human

  30. “Dance Visions”, New University Online
    The first piece, titled “Mein Zimmer” (or “My Room”), focused on the emotional aspects of containment as described by the Virginia Woolf quote: “I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
  31. Room for Debate: Am I Smarter Than You?, Gawker
    This weekend I wrote two novels, one biography of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister, a graphic novel about life during China’s Cultural Revolution, and a guide to defragging your PC hard drive. (That last one was more of a pamphlet, but whatever.)
  32. Shepard Fairey Pleads Guilty: Five Other Art-Related Crimes, International Business Times
    In one of the most bizarre, preemptive, wonderful artpranks of all time, proto-feminist literarian Virginia Woolf boarded a ship, the HMS Dreadnought, in an English bay with a gang of pals. They dyed their skins and put on costumes and somehow got word
  33. Authors strut their stuff, The Phoenix
    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) — not to be confused with the PD Eastman classic — Bechdel mines her fraught relationship with her icy, thwarted maternal unit; Gloria Steinem compares it to “a comic book by Virginia Woolf.”| Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle
  34. Belding: Having a personal life provides solid foundation for social life, Iowa State Daily
    things like television, Facebook, Twitter and texting or instant messaging several people at the same time, what I understand to be the “room of one’s own” sense about which Virginia Woolf wrote — is a prerequisite to entry into public view.
  35. How Financial Crisis, Economic Inequality, Social Media, and More Brought , truthout
    Virginia Woolf famously wrote “On or about December 1910, human character changed.” She was absolutely right to spot an inflection point. When the masses became exposed to mass consumption, cinema, holidays, unified information that everybody could get
  36. Downton Abbey and the politics of work, The Guardian (blog)
    As Alison Light reveals in her book Mrs Woolf and the Servants, Virginia Woolf complained bitterly about her servants, and had an intense, difficult relationship with them that a psychoanalyst would surely define as co-dependence.
  37. ‘Why Be Happy’ elegant in style, Toronto Sun
    won the Whitbread Award for best first novel and inspired an award-winning BBC television adaptation, Jeannette Winterson declared herself the greatest living writer and the only real heir to the talent of Virginia Woolf. Be that as it may,
  38. `Cinema, literature on a par, building new synergy`, Zee News
    permission to film his novels for fear of falsification of the original content and Virginia Woolf who passionately affirmed the power of the figure of speech and uniqueness of literary experience over the limited objective of cinema,” Ghosh said.
  39. Tweets of the Week, Patch.com
    Check it out (and lets hope… fb.me/1Ga1XuLfY @WillowStreet One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~Virginia Woolf pic.twitter.com/73esFw9L @MaryPopeHandy Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent.
  40. Love knows no boundaries, says Mazhar-ul-Islam, The News International
    Recently Rizwana Mustafa, an M Phil student of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) published a thesis on ‘Stream of Consciousness as a Narrative Technique: a Comparative Study of Virginia Woolf and Mazhar-ul-Islam’. The comparative study of Woolf
  41. Virginia Woolf, Critic, New Yorker (blog)
    Well, a generous reader has sent along a link to a 1926 article by Virginia Woolf, “The Cinema” (of course, at the time, this meant the silent cinema), which is, to my mind, one of the finest pieces of film criticism I’ve ever read. have become not
  42. “The Gaming Table” at the Folger Theatre: Girl Power, The Hillishome
    Virginia Woolf famously lamented the unhappy lot that would have meant being Shakespeare’s sister: Meanwhile his extraordinarily gifted sister, let us suppose, remained at home. She was as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he was
  43. A Gertrude Stein Reader, New York Times
    Virginia Woolf must have felt the same way. Writing to Vita Sackville-West in 1925, she said of Stein, “I think her dodge is to repeat the same word 100 times over in different connections, until at last you feel the force of it.” In 1926, Virginia and
  44. The Pippiest Place on Earth, New York Times
    I remember going to Bloomsbury on my own literary pilgrimage to see the house where Virginia Woolf lived. I squealed in delight when a friend in an adjoining building had a great view of her house’s backyard.
  45. Britons dress to impress at the Oscars, The Guardian
    And it was Potter’s feature debut, Orlando, starring Tilda Swinton as Virginia Woolf’s apparently immortal transgender writer, that first brought Powell international attention. Potter is lavish in her praise of Powell’s work on the film.
  46. Capital by John Lanchester – review, The Guardian
    At best, they have substance without vitality: as Virginia Woolf said of Arnold Bennett, he tries “to hypnotize us into the belief that, because he has made a house, there must be a person living there”. At worst, they are caricatures.
  47. Cry of the Hawk: NH Alumni Elly Zupko publishes book: The War Master’s Daughter, my.hsj.org
    There are many famous authors in history who also self- published their own work, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman,Thomas Paine, Edgar Allan Poe, TS Elliot, Henry David Thoreau, Virginia Woolf. According to Zupko, The War Master’s Daughter tells the story of
  48. David Szalay: The nature of pleasure, National Post
    My point is, reading Agatha Christie (for example) has far more in common with watching sport than it does with reading (for example) Virginia Woolf. The fact that we call The Murder of Roger Ackroyd “a novel” and also call To The Lighthouse “a novel”
  49. A Publisher’s Year: Moneyball, National Post
    The winning publisher was Hogarth Press, founded by Virginia Woolf and her husband nearly a century ago, and recently relaunched. “So, that’s what we’re up against. We can go in and try and purchase something at a price we can manage, and promise a
  50. Moving to The Big Smoke, Xtra.ca
    In researching women’s experiences with depression, she turned to the works of Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, three successful writers who suffered lifelong depression that ultimately resulted in suicide.
  51. ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’ at the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York Times
    WASHINGTON — “Let me imagine,” Virginia Woolf famously wrote, “since facts are so hard to come by, what would have happened had Shakespeare had a wonderfully gifted sister, called Judith.” And so she does. But Judith’s trials turn out to resemble
  52. Times Food Guide 2012 reaches Hyderabad, Times of India
    Virginia Woolf had once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Tonight, not only will Hyderabad’s glitterati dine well, but also show their love for food and appreciate those who bring us the best from the
  53. Kids Can Press Books, TheCelebrityCafe.com
    Last, but not least, is Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault’s Virginia Wolf. It is loosely based on the true story of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell. Vanessa tries to cheer up Virginia, who tells Vanessa about a
  54. Where We Write, The Millions
    Roald Dahl had one, so did Mark Twain and Virginia Woolf. Perhaps one day, we’ll each be writing in our own. Until then, as our Millions staffers share in their illustrated entries below, we’re making due (often happily!)
  55. Jonah Lehrer on the Science of Creativity & Innovation, PsychCentral.com (blog)
    He quotes a passage in Virginia Woolf’s novel “To The Lighthouse” about a character named Lily: “”Certainly she was losing consciousness of the outer things. And as she lost consciousness of outer things, her mind kept throwing things up from its
  56. Vita Sackville-West, The Guardian
    Vita and Harold led an unconventional marriage and both were to have many passionate affairs (most remembered is Vita’s relationship with fellow writer Virginia Woolf), however their marriage remained strong. Together, Vita and Harold transformed the
  57. Employee Happiness Matters More Than You Think, BusinessWeek (blog)
    We can all think of creative geniuses tortured by depression (eg, Vincent van Gogh, Virginia Woolf), and many managers still believe stress and fear are the best ways to keep workers cracking. But if you pay careful attention to the data,

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