Archive for March 21st, 2012

This week in Woolf sightings, the BBC has come up with a a new two-DVD set, “In Their Own Words,” that include three one-hour documentaries that distill more than a century’s worth of BBC radio and television interviews, including Virginia Woolf’s (#29). There’s a new book about Knole (#9). And mum’s the word in To the Lighthouse (#22).

  1. Annie Leibovitz’s Ghosts, New Yorker (blog)
    She took pictures of objects she was drawn to—Emily Dickinson’s white dress; Virginia Woolf’s writing desk; Annie Oakley’s tiny heart-shaped target pierced by a bullet hole; Robert Smithson’s spiral jetty; and a cast of the veiny hands of Daniel
  2. The Public Domain – Is It Going To The Birds?, JD Supra (press release)
    The works affected are estimated to number in the millions and could include films by Alfred Hitchcock, such as The Birds; books by Virginia Woolf, such as Mrs. Dalloway; symphonies by Prokofiev, such as Peter and the Wolf; and paintings by Picasso,
  3. Dorrit Cohn, 87; among Harvard’s first tenured female professors, Boston.com
    Kacandes added that Dr. Cohn’s work “changed forever how we read” writers such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Franz Kafka. In large measure, Dr. Cohn cared less about plot than “how stories are told,” her son said, “and in particular how
  4. Reality Mom: Interview with Sheila Hageman. author of Stripping Down, Ballard News Tribune
    Do you have a Phantom, as Virginia Woolf calls it, that you need to kill in order to write? Mine is my son’s teacher. I live in fear that she’ll read one of my articles that involves sex. SH: I think my phantom is plural! They are my grown-up children.
  5. The Smithsonian will convince you that videogames are art, Entertainment Weekly
    Virginia Woolf wrote a couple of books about women who carefully construct their parties as a form of art. Really, everyone could be called an “artist” — except for maybe Brett Ratner. Roger Ebert seemed to realize this point when, after throwing down
  6. Training The Black Dog, Jewish United Fund
    JK Rowling, Rosie O’Donnell and Sheryl Crow suffer from it; Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain famously lost their fight with it. Depression. There; I have said it, spoken of the Voldemort of diagnoses, The Condition That Shall Not Be Named,
  7. Audiobooks are going Hollywood for classics, Ottawa Citizen
    “And then she went in and did one” (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf). The actors choose a book from a company list. Jackson’s performance of the classic 1960s novel A Rage in Harlem runs nearly 51/2 hours — a mid-range length (which explains why
  8. Ashland theater group forced to take its show on the road, Mail Tribune
    Grizzard is performing a one-woman stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at the center as a fundraiser for the theater. Another production is planned there in August. Grizzard and representatives
  9. An English mansion comes to life in ‘Inheritance’, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
    Another Sackville descendent, famous in her day, was the poet Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), who had an affair with novelist Virginia Woolf (who wrote “Orlando” about her). Her love of Knole was a recipe for heartbreak, for due to the laws of
  10. A good mindset, Business Mirror
    You channel your efforts to have a nose like Nicole Kidman’s, aiming for something like Satine from Moulin Rouge, but you might end with Virginia Woolf from The Hours instead. We know of a few celebrities going under the knife multiple times and end up
  11. The Soul of the New Hacktivist, New York Times
    This week, on one of several Twitter accounts that claim to be affiliated with Anonymous, there came a call to donate money to put up billboards saying “Don’t Mess With the Internet,” alongside put-downs of “traitors” and quotes from Virginia Woolf and
  12. Audiobooks are turning to Hollywood to bring classic novels to life, Deseret News
    “A Rage in Harlem” by Chester Himes; Susan Sarandon performing “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCullers; Kate Winslet performing “Therese Raquin” by Emile Zola; Nicole Kidman performing “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf; and many more.
  13. Piercing performance, Denton Record Chronicle
    This meeting results in a slow-moving confrontation that gradually gains steam, ending in a wild, Virginia Woolf-inspired showdown among the foursome. The dialogue grows nastier, and wittier, as all pretenses of civility disappear.
  14. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner – review, The Guardian
    Lolly Willowes calls for “a life of one’s own” three years before Virginia Woolf’s impassioned cry for a room. “We have more need of you,” she explains to the devil. “Women have such vivid imaginations, and lead such dull lives.
  15. The language of silence finds a voice, Russia Beyond The Headlines
    It is a tension Virginia Woolf identified in “A Room of One’s Own:” Is a book important if it deals with war and not if it deals with “the feelings of women?” Elena Chizhova . Source : ITAR – TASS.
  16. Kyo Maclear isn’t afraid of Virginia Woolf, National Post
    The life of Virginia Woolf does not seem likely to inspire a children’s book; the writer struggled with depression and mental illness for much of her life, and eventually committed suicide at the age of 59. Although she has included references to
  17. Zionism, Meet Feminism, Daily Beast
    In Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf wrote, “As a woman my country is the whole world.” I used to believe this; I thought divisions of nation, race, class, and faith could be trumped by a universalist
  18. Win a weekend’s stay in London to celebrate Dickens 2012, The Guardian
    Situated in the heart of bookish Bloomsbury, an area once home to literary legends such as Virginia Woolf and EM Forster, the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street is London’s literary hotel and remains a tranquil haven from the busy capital,
  19. Canadian author Craig Taylor really listened to create an oral portrait of , Toronto Star
    He’s reading Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, observing old men dozing behind the Times Literary Supplement and intense young novelists. Naturally, the question arises, could a similar book be written about a Canadian city? Imagine, Haligonians.
  20. What We’re Reading, New Yorker (blog)
    Virginia Woolf admitted in her diary that Mansfield’s was “the only writing I have ever been jealous of”; yet Mansfield has never been read widely enough, perhaps because she wrote stories rather than novels, or perhaps because she was a New Zealander
  21. John Carter, Cowfish, Lights, Tosh.O, RhinoTimes.com Greensboro
    The elite of Burroughs’ time, of course, was in the process of destroying literature – this was the era of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, when writing began to be about the writer instead of a subject matter, when writing became a conversation among
  22. Inside Books: Mum’s the word, Spectator.co.uk (blog)
    There’s a similar set up with Mrs Ramsay in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Again, here is a perfect mother, caring for her children and husband above all else. Her overwhelming positivity opens the book, with ‘Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow
  23. Trivial Things To Know About Nicole Kidman [PHOTOS], International Business Times AU
    when she is with ex-hubby Tom Cruise during various awards night. One of her greatest dedication to her craft was for her role as Virginia Woolf in ‘The Hours’ where she trained herself to write with her right hand even if she is really right-handed.
  24. It’s Not Just Rush, Slate Magazine
    Or Virginia Woolf commenting that the wild, moral-flouting Rebecca West looked like a “gypsy.” But the strange thing is that it is still going on. The word slut may not always be explicitly uttered but an amateur anthropologist will note the exact same
  25. So to Speak | Joe Blundo commentary: For his bracket, two planets align — but , Columbus Dispatch
    But, because I don’t know Virginia Commonwealth from Virginia Woolf, I decided not to confine myself to basketball. Which will last longer? The smart money is still on eternity. But if Mitt Romney keeps whiffing on the knockout punch, who knows?
  26. After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses, New York Times (blog)
    including Arnold Palmer (who wrote the entry on the Masters tournament) and Panthea Reid, professor emeritus at Louisiana State University and author of the biography “Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf” (who wrote about Virginia Woolf).
  27. Audiobooks are going Hollywood, Los Angeles Times
    “And then she went in and did one” (“Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf). The actors usually choose a book from a list provided by the company. Jackson’s performance of the classic 1960s con novel “A Rage in Harlem” runs nearly 51/2 hours — a midrange
  28. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich Need a Lesson in Women’s History, U.S. News & World Report (blog)
    Rick Santorum or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ever read Virginia Woolf? Do they even know who Margaret Sanger is? What about the spitfire Quaker Alice Paul? She led the women suffrage movement to victory over seven or more years of struggle.
  29. The 20th century through the eyes and ears of the BBC, MiamiHerald.com
    Under “British Novelists,” the chronological DVD starts in 1919 and includes Evelyn Waugh (“Brideshead Revisited”) and has the only voice recording made of writer Virginia Woolf. Episode two’s “The Age of Anxiety, 1945-1969” has JRR Tolkien (“The Lord
  30. #Ididnotreport that these streets do not belong to me, EastLondonLines
    But #Ididnotreport has given new levels of depth to Virginia Woolf’s belief that: “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” Anonymous is still a woman, but now faceless interaction has allowed us to share and assimilate in a way never before

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