Archive for June 6th, 2012

This week’s Woolf sightings include many riches. Foremost, though, in honor of the current queen’s Jubilee, is an item about the 15-year-old Virginia’s thoughts regarding the Diamond Jubilee of her time, Queen Victoria’s in 1897 (#34) — plus a reference to the royal sighting in Mrs. Dalloway (#5).

For video of that royal event and others, visit the British Pathé webpage.

This week’s riches also include an item on Woolf and baseball (#20), a shed in a Maine designers’ showcase inspired by the Bloomsbury Group (#33) and a six-part BBC radio parody of the Bloomsbury Group that will be broadcast early next year (#49) .

  1. Piccaso’s Struggle to Reconcile Feeling and Form, New Republic
    I would not be bringing this up now—the painting has left the Metropolitan—except that I discovered, reading Virginia Woolf’s Diaries the other day, that my experience is perhaps not so entirely strange. In December 1918, Woolf was visiting the
  2. 2010 Winner David Ko returns for PianoArts Competition, ThirdCoast Digest
    The first is all literature, from The Iliad and The Odyssey on through Virginia Woolf. The second year is philosophy, Plato and Aristotle through about Nietzsche. That helps my playing in some way, even if I can’t put it into words.
  3. Review: Stories Before Bedtime, A Younger Theatre (blog)
    It would be an ambitious parent that reads Virginia Woolf’s The New Dress to their child at bedtime. But Miranda Richardson’s warm tone and subtle inflections manage to make Woolf accessible and compelling. It’s possible some of Woolf’s biting social
  4. Virginia Woolf’s relevance today, Fitzrovia News
    One of Fitzrovia’s most notable former residents is the writer Virginia Woolf who is regarded as one of the principal female literary figures of the twentieth century. During her time in Fitzrovia, Woolf occupied a fine house at 29
  5. Fit for a Queen, BU Today
    There’s a lovely scene in Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway (1925), set a few years after World War I, where Clarissa Dalloway pauses on the street to watch Queen Mary’s car pass by. “The car had gone,” Woolf writes, “but it had left a slight ripple
  6. Far Reaches the Empire, Here Is The City
    Or Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien, The Bronte Sisters, Oscar Wilde, JK Rowling, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ian McEwan, Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, Robert Burns. Or, um Shakespeare. And while we’re listing people,
  7. Review: The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman, Irish Independent
    She picks only DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. All through, though, she is knowledgeable about French writers, from Villon to Proust. Her Irish trio are Wilde, Yeats and Joyce (she fails to see the pioneering bravura in Dubliners, is perceptive on
  8. Amalfi coast towards UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, ANSAmed
    and arriving in Ravello, where the Unesco delegate will be welcomed at Villa Cimbrone, one of the most exclusive residences in Italy, whose past guests include the writer Virginia Woolf and politicians such as Winston Churchill or Bill Clinton.
  9. Classic Literature Isn’t Dead: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts, Huffington Post
    Virginia Woolf wrote that Cowper’s 1799 poem “The Castaway” was one of the primary inspirations for her 1927 novel, To the Lighthouse. Both TS Eliot and Virginia Woolf discussed literary influence in their non-fiction writing as well.
  10. Putting the hounds to depression, Vancouver Sun
    MARTIN ON THE MOON By Martine Audet, illustrated by Luc Melanson and translated by Sarah Quinn Owlkids Books, $16.95 Martin on his first day in school is a character Virginia Woolf would have appreciated. As he sits watchfully at his desk at the back
  11. Why Are Genius and Madness Connected?, LiveScience.com
    Many of history’s most celebrated creative geniuses were mentally ill, from renowned artists Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo to literary giants Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe. Today, the fabled connection between genius and madness is no longer
  12. Living, Thinking, Looking by Siri Hustvedt – review, The Guardian
    But to my mind, she is even more to be admired as an essayist (in this regard I feel that she resembles Virginia Woolf) where her ideas can enjoy the kind of intellectual expansion that a good novelist must disdain. This collection is divided into the
  13. Bechdel’s narrative carries inventive book, Winnipeg Free Press
    She continues to see aspects of her life in the fiction and diaries of Virginia Woolf, but whereas the towering male writer woven through Fun Home is James Joyce, here it is the British child psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott. Winnicott, who circled the
  14. ‘Are You My Mother?,’ a comic drama by Alison Bechdel, Washington Post
    In her fragmentary memoir “Moments of Being,” Virginia Woolf writes that she was obsessed with her mother, who died when Woolf was 13, until the age of 44, when she finally laid her to rest in her novel “To the Lighthouse.” Woolf shows up in the first
  15. Book Marks: Are You my Mother?, Ill Will, the Song of Achilles, pride source.com
    Throw in a bunch of lengthy quotes from Virginia Woolf, and the book’s surface look is intimidating. But there’s magic in Bechdel’s fluid artwork, panel after panel that demands and deserves both a careful reading and a profound gaze, all the better to
  16. Graphic novels & art-comics—late May/early June 2012, A.V. Club New York
    She also continues the exploration of literary parallels that she began in Fun Home, this time quoting extensively from Virginia Woolf and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. At the center of Are You My Mother?, though, is what Bechdel went through while
  17. The woman who defined modern portrait photography explains why her latest work , The Guardian
    Other “subjects” in the book include Virginia Woolf’s desk, Sigmund Freud’s patient’s couch and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat and the blood-stained white kid gloves that were in his pocket when he was assassinated. “It was great to be in rooms without
  18. ‘Camera Solo’ an ego-free visual tour, The Detroit News
    Yet any number of pictures, like “Pitted Mirror, East Sussex, England,” with its view of the room where author Virginia Woolf’s sister died, have both shadowy depth and undeniable beauty. Smith rarely shoots people, she says, “apart from my poor kids.
  19. Patti Smith’s ‘Camera Solo’ At Detroit Institute Of Arts Offers Intimate Look , Huffington Post
    A flower, the paintbrushes, gravestones and beds of some of her idols, like Virginia Woolf and Herman Hesse — Smith’s reverent gaze imbues each of her subjects with resonance and memory, whether the photograph is of her children or a simple teacup.
  20. It’s a wrap: The Forrests, New Zealand Listener
    I do remember a few things: for all the talk of Virginia Woolf in reviews of The Forrests, Perkins hasn’t actually read much of her (Nicholson Baker and Annie Dillard were more of an influence); while some Book Club followers got annoyed with Dorothy
  21. The Forrests by Emily Perkins – review, The Guardian
    Jane Austen’s novels seem paradigms of narrow focus, yet her acute sense of place, moment, and social balance/imbalance gives them spaciousness and extraordinary relevance to later times, and much the same might be said of Virginia Woolf.
  22. Hay Festival 2012: Alan Hollinghurst: Designs of the mind, Telegraph.co.uk
    That the house in the novel was itself based on a house in St Ives in Cornwall, where the Stephen family stayed when Virginia Woolf was a girl, says something of the persistence and adaptability of such ideas in both the reader’s and the writer’s mind.
  23. Leibovitz and the legacy of Charleston, BBC News
    US photographer Annie Leibovitz has a new exhibition focusing on significant places of cultural history including Virginia Woolf’s writing table and the gathering place of the Bloomsbury group at Charleston. “Charleston is a study of that time and my
  24. How Baseball Jargon Became Nonsense, The Atlantic
    Virginia Woolf, certainly the most improbable Lardner fan imaginable, observed in a letter to a friend that the language in Lardner’s baseball stories “is not English” but something quintessentially American. “It is no coincidence,” she wrote, ..
  25. Maggie Smith’s four seasons at Stratford Festival never forgotten, Toronto.com
    But it was in 1980, after taking a year off, that Smith had one of her greatest triumphs at Stratford, playing the legendary writer Virginia Woolf in Edna O’Brien’s new play Virginia, directed by Phillips. It was a role she was born to play.
  26. Stratford Festival honours Maggie Smith 32 years after her last performance, OMG! Canada (blog)
    After appearing in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Macbeth” in 1978, Smith took a year off only to return to Stratford with a bang as Virginia Woolf in “Virginia,” a play by Edna O’Brien. It was considered to be her crowning achievement ..
  27. Emma Watson Adds To List Of Celebrities Who Do Not Like Kim Kardashian Shows , International Business Times AU
    Watson then considered Virginia Woolf readings to that of the super high culture while Kim Kardashian of the ‘super-low culture.’ This will not sound well to the socialite reality star who considers herself living a lifestyle that is of the high end
  28. Exhibition of prints by Erez Israeli on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Art Daily
    His self-portrait prints, made in 2005 at the Jerusalem Print Workshop, were inspired by the idea of metamorphosis and issues of identity represented in Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando. The novel follows changes in the life of a young man from the 18th
  29. The Folio Society: Celebrating the best of British books, Telegraph.co.uk
    In fiction, classics of Dickens sit next to Virginia Woolf, while you can revel in trademark British comedy, such as Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or PG Wodehouse’s novels and stories. The Folio Society’s list is always growing and
  30. Angelica Garnett, The Economist
    Her aunt Virginia Woolf (above) called her “Pixerina”, crouched on a low stool to tell her waspish stories, and would hold out a long, bony arm to be kissed from the wrist to the elbow. As Angelica grew, Virginia, who cared not a fig for fashion,
  31. Terry Eagleton’s Book Bag: 5 Favorite Works of Literary Criticism, Daily Beast
    Written during World War II in Istanbul, where the Jewish Auerbach had taken refuge from the Nazis, it charts the gradual evolution of realism in world literature from the Book of Genesis to Virginia Woolf. Beneath this project lies a political
  32. Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2012 – A London Obsession, Hackney Citizen
    When Virginia Woolf wrote about London in her essay ‘A Street Haunting’, she described how in wandering ‘the street outside, one catches a word in passing and from a chance phrase fabricates a lifetime.’ Both Mason and Taylor are in tune with this
  33. Fifty years since the death of novelist Vita, This is Kent
    Virginia Woolf, whose fantasy Orlando, was an open love letter to Vita, was another close friend and Vita was devastated by the novelist’s suicide in 1941. As a writer, Vita’s best books are Knole and the Sackvilles (1922), a history of her home and
  34. ‘It’s going to be a little candy piece’, York County Coast Star
    Among the group is painter Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the moral philosopher GE Moore, Joergensen said. “Those are the people I am trying to build this around. They embraced everything that I love,” Joergensen said.
  35. The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane – review, The Guardian
    But this is a spacious and inclusive book, which allows for many shifts in emphasis, and which, like the best paths, is always different when you go back to look at it again. • Alexandra Harris’s Virginia Woolf is published by Thames & Hudson. Boots.
  36. Queen Elizabeth II: how will our age be remembered?, The Guardian
    So the 15-year-old Virginia Woolf recorded in her diary the sight of Queen Victoria on the day of her Diamond Jubilee in June 1897. Then all London came out to honour Britain’s longest-serving sovereign. The march past and open-air ceremony at St
  37. Frommer radio show: Father-daughter travel gurus don’t always agree, but , The Republic
    Pauline mentions her husband’s upcoming bike race and asks what the doctor said about her dad’s cough; he mentions a trip he’s planning to England to take a course on Virginia Woolf at Oxford, and prompts her to retell a story about ziplining with her
  38. Emma Watson Latest to Bash Kim Kardashian, Reality TV, TheImproper.com
    So I would go from reading Virginia Woolf to Kim Kardashian. I kind of loved it, this mix of super-high and super-low culture. I think it was a nice balance,” she told EW. Calling Kardashian and her clan “super low culture,” probably won’t sit very
  39. Dear Me, will you marry me?, Firstpost
    (Or at least that’s what the Bridgette Jones-meets-Virginia Woolf bible of singlehood followed by women world over will tell you.) Why do women, seemingly happy being single, need to advertise the same? Chances also are you don’t mind paying your own
  40. InOut, The Copenhagen Post’s entertainment section, May 25-31, The Copenhagen Post
    Virginia Woolf’s 1927 novel To e Lighthouse inspired Jesper Christiansen to create this series of new artworks. As is present in Woolf’s novel, there is an element of darkness and brooding in all of the paintings. BF B , IB , CS; M ; W -F : – : ,S : :
  41. Letters: Toni and Oprah, Republicans, patios, mutant letter, Weekly Alibi
    Her thesis was on William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf. As a senior editor at Random House, she collaborated with black writers like Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan and Angela Davis, so she had a direct hand in nurturing the emergent black
  42. The wondrous world of three pounds of meat, The Economist (blog)
    I probably read Virginia Woolf more than anyone else. When I’m hating every word I write, I can pick up “To The Lighthouse” and be enchanted. Woolf was intensely interested in capturing the mind on the page. But also she’s just an extraordinary writer.
  43. When no one will hire you, start your own business, Bangor Daily News
    Yet while running a business for yourself can free you up to, say, make plushie dolls of Virginia Woolf for a living, no one should expect it to be easy. And the lifestyle might not be as freewheeling as you’d expect. Lefton realized this recently
  44. Bookmark these great British literary destinations, hellomagazine.com
    One such place is Bloomsbury, the meeting point for the intellectual Bohemians at the dawn of the 20th century, headed by Virginia Woolf and EM Forster. Hampstead is an area with an enchanting rural setting where one can visit the home of the poet John
  45. Reading the Waves… Faces…, About – News & Issues
    The Waves is a stream-of-consciousness narrative by Virginia Woolf–first published in 1931. She is famous for A Room of One’s Own, along with other Modernist works like To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Voyage Out, and Jacob’s Room.
  46. Notable Novelists Hosts Instagram Photo Giveaway,

    Woolf in the Notable Novelists game

    PR.com (press release)
    Notable Novelists is available to purchase at www.notablenovelists.com, and features the following authors: James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, Zora Neale Hurston, Kurt Vonnegut,

  47. Sumptuous Feast for Jewish Studies, Forward
    Using Virginia Woolf’s argument about a woman’s need for a “room of one’s own” as a departure, Shulamit Magnus considers the life, work, motives and constraints of Pauline Wengeroff (1833–1916), who produced her first and highly successful memoirs in
  48. The Self Illusion: An Interview With Bruce Hood, Wired News (blog)
    By Jonah Lehrer In 1920, after writing two novels with a conventional Victorian narrator (the kind that, like an omniscient God, views everything from above), Virginia Woolf announced in her diary: “I have finally arrived at some idea of a new form for
  49. Alison Steadman lands Radio4 comedy role, Telegraph.co.uk
    Alison Steadman will play Ginny Fox – a spoof of Virginia Woolf – in the comedy Gloomsbury on BBC Radio 4 next month. Gavin & Stacey’s Alison Steadman is to star in a series parodying the Bloomsbury literary crowd, alongside Nigel Planer and John
  50. Picture This: MY COOL SHED BY JANE FIELD-LEWIS, Daily Mail
    Virginia Woolf extolled the virtues of having ‘a room of one’s own’. But these days you’re no one without a shed. My Cool Shed features a wealth of pint-sized havens from this covetable tree house (pictured) to bijou beach huts for those in search of
  51. Etcetera: Steven Poole’s non-fiction choice – reviews, The Guardian
    Virginia Woolf expresses a hedonic principle (the essay should “give pleasure”); Adorno defends the essay’s nimble scepticism; Gass describes it as made of books (“a book for its body, another for its head and hair”), and Susan Sontag describes the
  52. 99 summer book recommendations, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    For fans of lyrical writing and Virginia Woolf. “The Straits of Galahesh” (Night Shade Books), by Bradley P. Beaulieu. Racine novelist continues his epic fantasy series set among island groups linked by flying windships. “Enlarged Hearts” (Main Street
  53. What are you most proud of writing? Emails I’ve written to some of my readers , Financial Times
    Virginia Woolf in terms of detailing people’s emotional thinking. And, for pure storytelling and the ability to hook you in and not let you go, Cormac McCarthy. Cycling. I don’t really do evenings. I go to sleep half an hour after the kids do.
  54. The house where Sherlock Holmes was brought back to life will be another , Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
    Admittedly the last home of Ted Heath, or the house that inspired Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, do not have quite the same pull at Chatsworth, but that’s the very reason they need help. Arthur Conan Doyle’s house is a pretty bleak place.
  55. Cinema review: Stray Bullet @ Cornerhouse, Mancunian Matters
    And present is the spirit of Virginia Woolf’s impressionistic novella, Mrs Dalloway, which will soon enough have been in print for its centenary year. However, repetition isn’t repetition if the message hasn’t been heard. Stray Bullet is stylistically
  56. Vita and Virginia: Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, The Oxford Times
    After the success of Tom and Viv a year ago, ElevenOneTheatre again immerses itself in the Bloomsbury set, this time focusing on the fascinating relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West. Playwright Eileen Atkins captures the
  57. Clarice Lispector: Four novels form a picture of Brazil novelist, Los Angeles Times
    Lispector, an extraordinarily gifted writer who revolutionized Brazilian letters, was described as “that rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf.” Ukrainian-born and Brazilian-bred Lispector died in 1977,
  58. Book Review: Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins, California Literary Review
    Jenkins’s own first novel was described by Virginia Woolf as “a sweet white grape of a book,” and more recently Hilary Mantel called her writing “as smooth and seductive as a bowl of cream.” These epicurean metaphors take on a bitter irony in the
    It was where he was visited by Dracula author Bram Stoker, Peter Pan creator JM Barrie and where Virginia Woolf took pictures of the party on the lawn. But it is chiefly known as the place where Conan Doyle wrote 13 Sherlock Holmes stories including
  60. BHS Senior Hall of Fame 2012, TheCountyRecord.Net
    Her favorite quote is “You cannot find peace by avoiding life,” by Virginia Woolf. Gigi also plans to attend Chipola then go to FAMU to become a Veterinarian Technician; she enjoys playing with her animals and hanging with friends.
  61. Playing With Food, for Art’s Sake, Wall Street Journal
    So far, the books have included Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse” (a boeuf en daube described in the novel as “Mildred’s masterpiece”); Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” (a Belle Époque menu featuring, of course, madeleines) and, most recently,
  62. The Novelists, Wall Street Journal
    Although they might discuss their theater projects (O’Hagan recently worked on Enquirer, a play about the state of British journalism; O’Brien’s dramatic work includes a play based on the life and work of Virginia Woolf, and 2009’s Haunted),
  63. A writer’s vanity, Spectator.co.uk (blog)
    Appropriate given that Virginia Woolf, who once lived two blocks away, self-published. Previously, this was known as private publishing. According to Alison Baverstock, another panelist and authority on self-publishing, the Bronte sisters, Willa Cather
  64. AmeriCamera . . . dual impressions of the American landscape, Frederick News Post (subscription)
    Cioffi was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s book “Orlando: A Biography,” in which “Orlando is reincarnated all the time,” Cioffi said. “She begins a man and ends up a woman. Orlando has to deal with human things in each lifetime and doesn’t necessarily

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