Archive for May 15th, 2012

Two weeks of Woolf sightings here, so there are lots to peruse. Second up is news about a children’s book titled Virginia Wolf, which is loosely based on the relationship between Virginia and Vanessa Stephen. Another blurb about the book is #41. Scroll on down to #s 15-23 for several references to Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Are You My Mother? Then read about a cartoonist who has featured Virginia Woolf’s brain in a 1962 cult classic indy film. See #s 29-30.

  1. Room of their own, Blue Springs Examiner
    The famous author Virginia Woolf once said that it’s crucial to have a room of one’s own. That very thought can be applied to Ethan and Nathan Baldwin of Blue Springs, two 18-year-olds who are unlike many boys
  2. Night Sky Wheel Ride, Virginia Wolf, Summer in the City, The Green Man, Hana’s , Toronto Star
    Virginia Wolf By Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Kids Can, 32 pages, $18.95 Ages 4-8 The creative life has its downs and ups, as Virginia Woolf and her sister, artist Vanessa Bell, knew from experience. Maclear plays on Woolf’s name in
  3. The Secret to Better Blogging, Business 2 Community (blog)
    One example of such a writer is the novelist Virginia Woolf. Describing her production of Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf wrote, “the idea started as the oyster starts or the snail to secrete a house for itself. And this it did without any conscious direction.
  4. A cartoonist gets personal, Salon
    BNR: You were talking to her all the time, transcribing your conversations with her, and you had all these letters and diaries, and really precise memories, and then all of your reading, of Winnicott and Virginia Woolf and ”The Drama of the Gifted
  5. Book review: Nest The Art of Birds, Fraser Coast Chronicle
    She cites Virginia Woolf, Karen Blixen, Shelley, Wordsworth, Robert Frost and many others as avid bird watchers, evidenced in their poems and stories. Nearer home, she delights in the extraordinary nests made by the blue wren, the mudlark and the
  6. Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From? An Interview with Celia Blue Johnson, Huffington Post (blog)
    Then one day I was reading Mrs. Dalloway, and I wondered, how did Virginia Woolf come up with such a complex and interesting character? I did some research, and it turned out that there was this woman, Kitty Maxse, who was the model for the character
  7. This Week’s Hot Reads April 30, 2012, Daily Beast
    She frames her journey toward understanding and forgiveness as a kind of discussion with people like Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud, and 20th-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, whose own internal lives gave them no small amount of trouble.
  8. Book Review: Alison Bechdel’s comic psychodramas, BurlingtonFreePress.com
    Virginia Woolf’s diaries are juxtaposed throughout, as well as psychobabble from Sigmund Freud, Donald Winnicott, and Alice Miller, along with Bechdel’s own therapy sessions with analysts. Her signature drawing style, honed over decades of creating
  9. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Atlantic
    Virginia Woolf held that there are two kinds of truth: reason and imagination. “The biographer cannot extract the atom,” she wrote. Fiction tells elemental truths; biography is just “the husk.” But if you’re a lifelong documentarian of your own
  10. Josephine King Connects Madness and Art in London, Daily Beast
    And the list goes on: Lord Byron, Paul Gaugin, Virginia Woolf, Georgia O’Keeffe. These are only a few of the many artists and writers thought to have had manic depression. In her lauded book, Touched with Fire, the well-known bipolar psychologist and
  11. “The Refusal of Time”, Harvard Magazine
    it is possible for novelty to happen—for “the shards to be rearranged, to be made new.” Spencer Lenfield ’12 is a former Ledecky Fellow at Harvard Magazine. He has just completed his senior thesis on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
  12. UW College of Arts and Sciences Names 2012 Outstanding Graduates, University of Wyoming News
    Rosa wrote her senior thesis on Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” After graduation, Rosa plans to attend the University of Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in humanities. She then hopes to earn a Ph.D. in English and eventually become an English
  13. Vita and Virginia, The Independent Weekly
    It usually surprises readers to learn that Orlando—whose sublime exploits as a gender-flipping, time-traveling hero/heroine that Virginia Woolf chronicled in the novel of the same name—actually existed. Her real name was Vita Sackville-West,
  14. Book Review: The Forrests, New Zealand Herald
    Within a few pages I felt I was in the company of a contemporary Katherine Mansfield or Virginia Woolf. Why? It is to do with Perkins’ attention to the sentence, to the slow mesmeric pace, to the minute details, to the sweet power of analogy and the
  15. ‘Are You My Mother?’ by Alison Bechdel, New York Times
    Mixed in are multiple undigested chunks of text from writers like Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud and Alice Miller. If “Fun Home” was a book about a funeral home, “Are You My Mother?” is merely funereal. As if it were a deck of playing cards,
  16. Are You My Mother?, USA TODAY
    Bechdel draws on Virginia Woolf for illumination of her own mother-daughter issues. (Woolf’s mother died when the writer was 13 and remained an obsession until Woolf completed her novel To the Lighthouse at age 44.) Along with describing her life
  17. Alison Bechdel’s Follow-Up to Fun Home Is Cartoon Therapy, Slate Magazine
    In the 20th century, Virginia Woolf (in her essays) and Sylvia Plath (in “Morning Song”) began to make great work out of the ambivalent intensities of mother-daughter relations, which, after all, are rife with dramatic possibility.
  18. Author Bechdel finds story of her mother, herself in pictures, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Winnicott’s life gets its panels, as does Virginia Woolf, another animating spirit in the book. Her other prominent text is Alice Miller’s “The Drama of the Gifted Child.” Bechdel’s memoir is so rich with thought that some students at the University of
  19. ‘Are You My Mother?’ review: For an artist and her mother, a complicated kind , OregonLive.com
    But the route includes revelatory visits with Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich and the first published American poet, Anne Bradstreet, who arrived on these shores in 1630. There are segues to examine the history of psychoanalysis, and the surprising
  20. Alison Bechdel’s latest book is ‘Are You My Mother?’ Elena Seibert, Capital New York
    while the daughter immerses herself in Virginia Woolf and British psychoanalyst DW Winnicott as she ponders the distance between herself and her mother, who, instead of becoming Helen Vendler, taught English part-time and raised Bechdel and her two
  21. Alison Bechdel Talks About Drawing, Writing, Family and Shame, New York Times (blog)
    Your books are deeply interested in other authors: the psychiatrist Donald Winnicott, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, among others. Are you more influenced by writers like that than by other graphic artists? I would like to say I’m precisely equally ..
  22. ‘Are You My Mother?’: Alison Bechdel’s take on the mother-daughter bond, The Seattle Times
    She draws inspiration from Virginia Woolf, another childless woman writer who addressed her own mother-daughter bond through a fiction scrim in “To the Lighthouse,” concluding: “For nothing was simply one thing.” (Translation: Relationships are
  23. Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? might be the truest Mother’s Day card ever , Montreal Gazette (blog)
    Bechdel cites and makes integral use of sources ranging from Virginia Woolf to Adrienne Rich to Freud, Donald Winnicott and Dr. Seuss. But where that approach by other writers so often seems to fold in on itself, in Bechdel’s hands it opens up the
  24. What’s in a name? The story behind Seattle’s biggest bands and musicians, Seattle Post Intelligencer
    The Issaquah band Modest Mouse derived their name from a passage in the Virginia Woolf story “The Mark on the Wall.” The passage reads: “I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself,
  25. Can Self-Exposure Be Private?, New Yorker (blog)
    She believes, as Virginia Woolf wrote, that “the time to read poetry is when we are almost able to write it.” By turns, Davey is comforted and horrified by the isolation inherent to reading and writing. Even while she embeds herself in her apartment,
  26. ‘Good Housekeeping’ hit the stands May 2, Delco News Network
    Famous writers who have contributed to the magazine include Somerset Maugham, Edwin Markham, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frances Parkinson Keyes, AJ Cronin and Virginia Woolf. Good Housekeeping editors were advocates for issues and helped change attitudes
  27. Italian stoner rock/indie band for The Cellar, Galway Advertiser
    Lyrically they draw inspiration from writers and film-makers such as David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, Virginia Woolf, Philip K Dick, Henry Miller, William Burroughs, and JG Ballard. Support is from Galway acts Weed Priest (occult stoner doom metal),
  28. Unpicking the past masters: what makes a ‘historical novel’?, The Guardian
    My little list of historical novels also shows that the form seemed to be in abeyance during the modernist period: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Flush are both technically historical novels, but they’re “more than” historical novels.
  29. Norwegian cartoonist Jason’s sad-sack realism occupies a solitary world, National Post
    A perfect example is The Brain that Wouldn’t Virginia Woolf, about the deteriorating relationship between a brilliant surgeon and his girlfriend, who happens to be a disembodied head. It goes to places more macabre than the average relationship drama,
  30. A Month of Wednesdays | Archie, Athos, All-Stars and more, Comic Book Resources
    For example, there’s The Brain That Wouldn’t Virgina Woolf, which is the plot of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (a film of such quality an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 was built around it) as filtered through Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,
  31. An apple a day won’t keep the doctor away: AN APPLE A DAY: A MEMOIR OF LOVE , Daily Mail
    At the age of 33, Emma Woolf led what many people would consider a charmed life. The great-niece of novelist Virginia Woolf, she was educated at Oxford, worked in publishing before turning to freelance journalism, and had an adoring
  32. Graphic memoir an exercise in exorcism, Philadelphia Inquirer
    As in her first memoir, Bechdel illuminates her story with riffs on voracious diarist Virginia Woolf, Swiss psychologist Alice Miller, and the eminent British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. “His ideas are so warm,” Bechdel said of Winnicott.
  33. ACCORDIONS IN THE ARCTIC: Cynthia Hopkins Sails Ahead, Brooklyn Rail
    It’s like Virginia Woolf’s essay, A Room of One’s Own. She talked about having to work through your own issues of life and death before even considering issues outside of yourself. In college, I was getting ahead of myself.
  34. Smith: Welcome to Samantha’s room, can I take your coat?, The Samford Crimson
    Well, first I dropped off for resale all my textbooks, scholarly essays, posters of Virginia Woolf (who I’m sure would support this, being a feminist and all) and anthologies of modern thought. (Just a small tip here ladies: Books-A-Million has a
  35. To hell with hope, Calcutta Telegraph
    Asha is the slum’s number one fixer, but her daughter, Manju, struggles with Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway because knowledge of English is an avenue to escape from the slum. People in Annawadi, their surroundings notwithstanding, have aspirations and,
  36. At the heart of being human, Evening Standard
    The effect is oddly like a rude, demotic, masculine revision of Virginia Woolf. For although the female characters are well enough formed, Mark Haddon remains a writer clearly most at home delineating male limitations and boyish recourses — he loves
  37. Head to Amsterdam for the Holland Festival, LateRooms.com (press release)
    La Barbara is due to perform works such as Gatekeeper, an opera inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe. Tickets for this event are priced at €20 (£16.30). With the festival set to run until Thursday June 28th, there will be plenty
  38. A little bit of hush, The Age
    ”THAT silence is more profound after noise,” wrote Virginia Woolf in Orlando, ”still wants the confirmation of science.” In the decades since Orlando was published, scientists have cautiously confirmed this – but not for everyone.
  39. DARRELL NORMAN: Where does the spark come from?, Gadsden Times
    Virginia Woolf patterned her most famous character, Clarissa Dalloway, after a family friend, a status-conscious socialite who greatly influenced Virginia and her sister, Vanessa. Arthur Conan Doyle patterned Sherlock Holmes after a doctor who taught
  40. Writing Britain: the nation and the landscape, The Guardian
    The French situationist Guy Debord is said to be the father of psychogeography, but the BL exhibits put the art of walking in a context that’s earlier and closer to home, one that stretches from John Gay and William Blake to Virginia Woolf,
  41. For Kids: Dealing with a dark mood, Montreal Gazette
    The publisher’s bumf that accompanied this book quotes from a Kirkus review that “knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary” – that this book works “as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale” – but for any
  42. APSU Students spend week in London with new study abroad program, Clarksville Online
    Shea also took his students to places mentioned in Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” a book they didn’t read until they returned from the spring break trip. “Now that they’ve been there, as they’re reading more literature based in London, they’re able
  43. Politicians should have thick skins, judge rules in ‘bitchy’ councillor case, Telegraph.co.uk
    The case related to comments posted by Mr Calver between 2008 and 2009 about the standards of administration on Manorbier Community Council, which governs the tourist resort in Pembrokeshire where Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw used to stay.
  44. Q&A: Jan Wong’s long march from depression to reinvention, CBC.ca
    Q: In the book, you describe how you drew from the experience of writers who also suffered from the disease: Virginia Woolf, William Styron and F. Scott Fitzgerald. What did you learn reading about them? A: I didn’t know anything about depression when
  45. Emma Goldman’s Sexological Obsession, Swans
    As Haaland adds: “Unlike other feminist authors such as Virginia Woolf, who thoroughly and cogently critiqued patriarchal institutions, Goldman did not treat as synonymous ‘men’ and the ‘public realm’ and, therefore, made no strong condemnations of men
  46. In Woolf’s footsteps, The Christian Century
    With my husband and my daughter, I traced the path novelist Virginia Woolf took through Italy in 1908, when she was still Virginia Stephen. I followed in her footsteps as best I could, searching for the sights she described in her diary,
  47. Angelica Garnett, Telegraph.co.uk
    Angelica Garnett, the artist and writer, who has died aged 93, was the daughter of Vanessa Bell and niece of Virginia Woolf, and within the Bloomsbury soap opera of high art and serial bed-hopping had the misfortune to be given one of the most gripping
  48. Why The Most Liberated Woman On Mad Men Is Don Draper’s Wife, Forbes
    Virginia Woolf famously wrote (not too much earlier than the 1960′s) that a woman needs money and a room of her own in order to be creatively free. Megan has the money, and her “room of her own” is her acting and Don’s consent.
  49. Off the Beat: Drinking liquid genius, Daily Californian
    As Virginia Woolf argues in one of my all-time favorite books (read: long essay), A Room of One’s Own, what a woman writer needs in order to let her true writing genius out is an income and — you guessed it — a room of her own.
  50. Post-Boy Feminism, Salon (blog)
    Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Germaine Greer, Kate Millett and other mid-century intellectuals who picked up where Margaret Fuller, Susan B. Anthony, the suffragists, Mother Jones, Virginia Woolf and others left off.
  51. Why such muted celebrations for Robert Browning’s bicentenary?, The Guardian
    In Flush, Virginia Woolf’s biography of the dog that belonged to his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, his most memorable appearance involves being bitten by the protagonist. This tradition may partly explain why the bicentenary of Browning’s birth, ..
  52. Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Tiny Mix Tapes
    Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and built on documentary footage with Parisian prostitutes, this debut by Polish director Szumowska nicely reverses expectations. The sex scenes are so transactional they are stripped of eros,
  53. Profile: Author Kate Grenville in her own words, Northside
    Then I read Virginia Woolf’s first book; it was all right but not that good, which was hugely encouraging for me. From there, I worked in the film industry and went to London, where I really started to write (Grenville’s first book of short stories,
  54. Graphic Displays of Motherhood, Vanity Fair
    Told through a series of therapy sessions, with the specters of Virginia Woolf and Daniel Winnicott hovering nearby, Bechdel draws out the ways in which growing up with a depressed, narcissistic mother, who had once dreamed of being an artist herself,
  55. Step 9 (of 12), Trafalgar Studios – review, Evening Standard
    He’s certainly more convincing when cheekily poking his nose through a hole in a partition wall than he is when riffing poetically on his past or talking about the books that have informed his unexpected lyricism (Virginia Woolf, among others).
  56. Top 5: The Best of the Bard, Duke University
    This play contains the most bravura recognition scene of them all and seems to have been written especially for that scene. It also contains one of the most beautiful songs: “Fear no more the heat of the sun” which Virginia Woolf was to borrow for Mrs.
  57. Im the madam and Im not repenting, IBNLive.com
    “I get inspiration from certain authors like Virginia Woolf, Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut and even PG Wodehouse. I have even critiqued them in my book,” she added. At the event, the audience had a wonderful time listening to Saaz read out stories with
  58. Einstein beached at Barbican, WhatsOnStage.com (blog)
    The audience also included Miranda Richardson (with Richard Wilson, no relation), who gave one of her greatest performances at the Edinburgh Festival of 1996 in Wilson’s version of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Otherwise, we’ve been starved of his work
  59. War of words in fight for Women’s Library, ITV News
    Since the library was established, as part of the National Society of Women’s Suffrage, it has attracted writers, academics and politicians, including Vera Brittain, Eleanor Rathbone and Virginia Woolf. In the 1950s it was renamed the Fawcett Library
  60. Coffee and Comedy Served Up by Thinking Cap Theatre, SouthFloridaGayNews.com
    “Most people think of Virginia Woolf as the first, but Behn really was there first,” Stodard says. “In her time period, that’s when actresses could take parts for the first time.” Behn’s work is certainly heavily female centered, but not feminist by
  61. Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale – review, The Guardian
    But ultimately it is Isabella herself who stands as exhibit A in this engrossing investigation of a society casting judgment on itself and trying, with much confusion, to make up the rules. • Alexandra Harris’s Virginia Woolf is published by Thames
  62. Review: Step 9 (Of 12), Trafalgar Studios, *****, Fourthwall
    It opens with recovering alcoholic Keith, portrayed with strength by Blake Harrison, sitting in a dishevelled armchair in his bedsit with a Virginia Woolf novel in one hand and a pipe in the other. This contrived façade of debonair decadence quickly
  63. Stag Groups Urged To Choose Amsterdam For Holland Festival, Breaking Travel News
    Pop group Antony and the Johnsons are sure to be a big pull, playing a one-off concert with the Metropole Orchestra, whilst an opera inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe is also likely to be popular. Whilst opera and folk music
  64. Student Choreography Inspires with EDC’s Showcase, The Emory Wheel
    Originally inspired by the “Shooting Paintings” of Niki de Saint Phalle and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Chen mingled ideas of feminism and artistic violence into her choreography, she said. “The idea of violence, or something so horrible,
  65. Bloomsbury daughter a pawn in high art soap, Sydney Morning Herald
    ANGELICA GARNETT, 1918-2012 Angelica Garnett, the artist and writer, was the daughter of Vanessa Bell and niece of Virginia Woolf, and within the Bloomsbury soap opera of high art and serial bed-hopping had the misfortune to be given one of the most
  66. ‘Lives of the Novelists,’ by John Sutherland, New York Times
    Virginia Woolf may have suffered it from a half brother, allowing critics to read her work as a response to the “male-made mess” of the world. After doctors told him he had a brain tumor, Anthony Burgess hurriedly embarked on a sequence of “Damoclean”
  67. Antigone in Afghanistan, Irish Times
    The Watch, dedicated to the Afghan people, is the first title from a new imprint, Hogarth, honouring the pioneering press founded by Leonard and Virginia Woolf during another war, in 1917. By drawing on classical literature, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
  68. Go on a literary journey at the Writing Britain exhibition, The Guardian
    An early manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales evokes 14th-century London as the pilgrims begin their journey • Liz Mathews’s 17-metre long watercolour map of the Thames incorporates text from Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves.
  69. Exhibition in focus: Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands; British Library, Telegraph.co.uk
    early 15th Century, beautifully illustrated handwritten copy of The Canterbury Tales; a spoof newspaper kept by a young Virginia Woolf and her siblings; or handwritten drafts and letters of writers such as Ted Hughes, JG Ballard, or Angela Carter.
  70. Hatching beauty, The Age
    These enchanting philosophical possibilities take Burke from animal architecture to evolutionary theory, from Charles Darwin to Richard Dawkins and from Virginia Woolf to contemplative bush walks along the Great Ocean Road. We delve into the lives of
  71. A walk through the landscape that inspired the Bloomsbury group, The Guardian
    The Bloomsbury group had their rural headquarters at Charleston farmhouse, and in the 1930s Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister, were commissioned by the Bishop of Chichester to produce a set of murals for the church at Berwick.
  72. To the River, By Olivia Laing, The Independent
    It is a book that exemplifies Herman Melville’s idea that “meditation and water are wedded”; as Laing walks, she reflects on the history and culture of the region: from medieval folktales to the novels of Virginia Woolf, who drowned in the river in
  73. The British Library travels from Wastelands to Wonderlands in impressive haul , Culture24
    There’s a childhood newspaper Virginia Woolf created with her siblings, Wordsworth’s anonymous contributions to travel guides imploring people to visit his much loved Lake District and Daphne Du Maurier’s original idea journal for Rebecca.
  74. Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, British Library, London, Financial Times
    Liz Mathews’ “Thames to Dunkirk” (2009), a 17-metre concertina book composed as a watercolour map of the Thames, with text from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves lettered by Mathews using a piece of Thames driftwood as a pen, echoes a key motif in Spenser,
  75. Tales of wayward women, Philippine Star
    The women here are not “angels in the house,” in the immortal phrase coined by Virginia Woolf, nor are they the “ilaw ng tahanan” (lamp of the home). While gathering poems for this anthology, Ms. Dawson avoided those that portrayed women as being
  76. England, my England, The Economist (blog)
    Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, George Eliot, AA Milne, Kenneth Grahame, Thomas Hardy, JRR Tolkien, Charles Dickens: the heavyweights of English literature fall squarely here. Not to be missed are the hand-written copy of “Alice’s

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