Archive for April 28th, 2012

A new production titled Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real operates on the premise that Ottoline Morrell functioned like a reality show host at the parties she gave for the Bloomsbury Group back in the 1920s. That is just one Woolf sighting, #23, this week. Scroll down for 38 more, including #36, one sure to please Alice Lowe because it mentions a Woolf reference in Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Are You My Mother?

Performers playing 20th-century intellectuals in the 13th Floor Dance Theater’s premiere of “Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real."more.

  1. ‘The Raven’ joins the write crowd, Fort Worth Star Telegram
    Along with such intellectuals as economist John Maynard Keynes and novelist EM Forster, Virginia Woolf belonged to the Bloomsbury Set, a group of artistic types who got together on a regular basis in and around Bloomsbury, London, during the first half
  2. Brit DVD Reviews: In Their Own Words – From Acorn / Athena – History, Anglotopia.net
    The novelists covered in the first set include: Virginia Woolf, JRR Tolkien, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Salman Rushie, Martin Amis, Evenlyn Waugh, Doris Lessing and a few others. The second set focuses on Britain Great Thinkers.
  3. Dominick Argento: A career filled with high notes, Washington Post
    It also offers some of his signature monodramas, such as “A Water Bird Talk,” in which a lecturer begins revealing all kinds of personal things, and “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” a song cycle that won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1975.
  4. Demanding Truth and Beauty from our Artists, Huffington Post
    I hear echoes of Zora Neale Hurston’s struggle with the “niggerati” in this sentiment, along with British writer’s Virginia Woolf’s assessment of the limitations of Jane Eyre’s author Charlotte Bronte: “She will write in a rage where she should write
  5. A Point of View: In defence of obscure words, BBC News
    Virginia Woolf objected to Joyce’s Ulysses on the grounds of its being prurient, not because it contained such tropes as “ineluctable modality of the visible”, while because Joyce himself refused to alter a single line in his short story Ivy Day in the
  6. Interest in Australia’s birdlife takes flight, The Australian
    For modern bird appreciators, Burke has Karen Blixen and that limp grey pigeon, Virginia Woolf. It is a telling token of the state of things: the sounds of the magpie and kurrawong enfold us in the green suburbs of the cities, but the birds themselves
  7. Sherlock site to publish book of fans’ Holmes stories, Radio Times
    He wrote several books there, among them Sherlock Holmes adventures, and entertained literary contemporaries, including Bram Stoker, JM Barrie and Virginia Woolf. Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House will be published on Tuesday 23 May, the day of a High
  8. Invisible Ink: No 120, Elizabeth Jenkins, The Independent
    Initially accepted into Virginia Woolf’s circle, she soon found herself shunned by its notoriously fickle members, and never forgave Woolf. Jenkins said: “She was cruel, appalling. Leonard [Woolf] was an angel, but it was partly his fault that she was
  9. San Francisco Giants: Why Isn’t Belt Starting Ballgames?, Bleacher Report
    As Virginia Woolf illustrates in her essay about writing called “A Room of One’s Own”, there is a clear distinction between writing in the “red light of emotion” versus “the white light of truth” and that distinction does not advise the former.
  10. Return of miller moths best appreciated from porch, Clovis News Journal
    “It was as if someone had taken a tiny bead of pure life and decking it as lightly as possible with down and feathers, had set it dancing and zig-zagging to show us the true nature of life,” said Virginia Woolf. Granted, while Woolf only observed one
  11. Celebrating William Shakespeare’s Birthday with Office Boutique, PR.com (press release)
    Other great writers featured include Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Arthur Conan Doyle. Quotations from these great writers are still relevant today in business and office life. “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so” by
  12. Steven Fales: A Gay Mormon Boy Grows Up, Huffington Post
    I like what Virginia Woolf said, basically, “You can’t tell someone else’s story until you can tell your own.” All we have to change the world is our own story. The Mormon Boy Trilogy is being performed in Los Angeles, Calif., Thursday,
  13. A Trailer Arrives for Short Story Collection Shadows: Supernatural Tales by , Dread Central
    The authors include: Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, EM Forster, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Henry James, Algernon Blackwood, Oliver Onions, Montague Rhodes James, and more. Shadows : Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature.
  14. AL Kennedy’s Art and Madness, Radio Times
    Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf could not work when they were experiencing a psychotic episode, and Sylvia Plath was probably pushed to the brink by wrongly prescribed medication. As the programme reveals, making art can be profoundly therapeutic,
  15. Shelf Lives, Bwog
    Person 2: Lunch with W. Somerset Maugham, sex with Italo Calvino or Virginia Woolf (or both?!?!?!). Person 3: Thomas Pynchon and Cervantes would both make for good lunches, I think. And Shakespeare. As for sex, probably Sylvia Plath.
  16. Talk about the Bloomsbury Set…, Retford Today
    An energetic group of English writers, intellectuals and artists, it including Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf and Duncan Grant, they were instrumental in forming the first Arts Council. The next meeting is 3rd May when Nina Levick will speak on Hogarth:
  17. Jim McClure: Pulitizer Prize winners have York ties, York Daily Record
    Dominick Argento: The York native won for music in 1975 for “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.” Frederick Woltman: The native Yorker captured the prize in 1947 for reporting on “The Infiltration of Communism into the United States.
  18. Susan Gubar’s Closing Chapters, Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
    “Motivated by a desire to tackle a writing problem that Virginia Woolf believed the literary women of her generation had failed to solve—telling the truth about the experiences of the female body—I sought to record precisely what I could not or would
  19. On the scene: SFIFF, week one!, San Francisco Bay Guardian
    Following an abortive, Virginia Woolf-esque suicide attempt during evening leave from his rehab center, recovering addict Anders visits Oslo for a job interview. He reconnects bittersweetly with an old friend, tries and fails to meet up with his sister
  20. IPFW prof visits Chile; 2012-13 theater season announced, News Sentinel
    “Orlando,” the stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, is a witty, clever, gender-bending, period-hopping play according to New York Magazine. Preserving Woolf’s vital ideas and lyrical tone, Ruhl brings to
  21. Peabody composer Puts wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Silent Night’, The JHU Gazette
    “Kevin Puts joins a distinguished company of Pulitzer Prize winners, including Aaron Copland in 1945 for Appalachian Spring and Peabody alumnus Dominick Argento in 1975 for From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” said Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the
  22. French director to visit city, Hurriyet Daily News (press release)
    Daumas has directed plays by Paul Claudel and Jean Genet, as well as a theatrical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.” In 2010 he directed Michel Fau at the Theatre Rond-Point in Paris, France.
  23. ‘Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real’ gets reality-show treatment, San Francisco Examiner
    “It’s a little bit like a rap battle,” Jenny McAllister coaches Erin Stuart and Blane Ashby as they prepare to act out a “poetry match” between 20th-century writers Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey. Stuart and Ashby are two of 10 performers in 13th ..
  24. VIDEO: San Diego Women’s Chorus gears up for 25th anniversary “Heart & Harmony , San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
    Song selections include the Indigo Girls’ homage to a groundbreaking feminist author in “Virginia Woolf,” gospel spiritual “Take Me to the Water,” Lady Gaga’s anthem to authenticity, “Born This Way” as well as pieces by incredible feminist artists such
  25. Melville House, The Atlantic
    The Brooklyn-based press offers 47—and counting—novellas from writers like Cervantes, Jane Austen, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Virginia Woolf. Specifically drawing attention to the novella’s brevity, diversity, and lineage of
  26. Desert Island Books: Sebastian Faulks, The National
    Certainly, Virginia Woolf thought so; maybe that’s why she drowned herself. Some parts you need to hurry through, but there are many passages so perfect that you want to stop everyone in the street and read out sentences. For a desert island it would
  27. As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh by Susan Sontag: review, Telegraph.co.uk
    It may well be that Sontag’s diaries, like Virginia Woolf’s (which she knew and admired) will come to be seen as just as brilliant and important as anything she wrote. Susan Sontag , whose second volume of diaries is ‘ As Consciousness is Harnessed to
  28. An interview with a writer: Philip Womack, The Periscope Post
    More recently, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley. I’ve recently become a massive fan of the novelist Henry Green. Contemporary writers that I admire are Edward St Aubyn, HIlary Mantel, Claire Messud and Julia Leigh, amongst others.
  29. Lunchtime Classics Hosted By Waterstones., LSMedia
    Over the coming weeks, Liverpool One’s Waterstones will be hosting a series of talks about some of the literary classics of our time, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
  30. ‘Three Sisters’ shows Chekhov can be fun, Allentown Morning Call
    Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando” was presented last season on the Muhlenberg mainstage. “Sarah Ruhl’s elegant new translation finds a delicate balance between the original sense of the Russian, thus capturing the uniquely Russian
  31. BOOKS: An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia. By Emma Woolf, Islington Tribune newspaperwebsite
    Emma’s great aunt was the writer Virginia Woolf, and there are passages in her book about the social pressure and media imagery affecting young woman today. In an early chapter she lets fly on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing being hosted by 84-year-old
  32. The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog, New Statesman (blog)
    Opening our Spring Books special in the Critics this week, Sarah Churchwell considers the year 1922: TS Eliot and Ezra Pound published their masterpieces, while F Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf would become best known for novels set in that annus
    The area was the stamping ground of the Bloomsbury Set, whose members included EM Forster and Virginia Woolf. Many publishing companies were based around here and some still are, or in nearby Farringdon and Covent Garden. The hotel is in a neo-Georgian
  34. 35% off at The City Tour, CBS Local
    Why You Should Go: If you’ve been feeling a little off lately, not 100% yourself, we (and Virginia Woolf) know why: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Get back to your best you with a tantalizing talking,
  35. We’re smitten with what’s written, This is Gloucestershire
    A host of events covering everything from Charles Dickens and John Donne to Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf will be held in venues across the town. There will even be a demonstration of how to make paper from ingredients such as flowers, recycled jeans
  36. ‘Are You My Mother?’ by Alison Bechdel, New York Times
    manages to incorporate complicated and sometimes arcane references — to psychoanalysis and the theories of the pediatrician and psychiatrist Donald Winnicott, to the work of Virginia Woolf and Adrienne Rich — into a story that is gripping and funny
  37. Sex, spies and psychoanalysis in ‘Waiting for Sunrise’, Local 10
    Boyd: All these people I’ve written about, like Virginia Woolf, Picasso and Chekhov are all people I’m very intrigued by, sometimes in a good way, sometime
  38. Book dealers court the press at their peril, The Guardian (blog)
    Organised by that master prankster Horace de Vere Cole, a group of four, which included Virginia Woolf and Duncan Grant, blackened their faces, dressed up in beards and mock-authentic Arabian robes, and with the happy permission of the Foreign Office
  39. Philosopher Explores Politics in Fiction, The Emory Wheel
    to coordinate the event along with Professor of French, Philipe Bonnefis, Rancière began to discuss the rise of what he called the “modern novel,” drawing examples from various writers, such as Virginia Woolf, Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert.

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