Archive for October 17th, 2012

The Bloomsbury Festival is one of the most interesting Woolf sighting this week. It will include readings from emerging and established writers; Cream Tea and Conversation, a celebratory talk on Persephone Book’s 100th publication; and a sold-out session on Bloomsbury and Film, with reference to Virginia. See #9 below, then read on.

  1. Men are exhausting. Women’s clubs are the perfect respiteTelegraph.co.uk
    It has taken me years to clock what Virginia Woolf meant in A Room of One’s Own (‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’.) Shirley Conran was on to the same thing: girls, get a (decent) job. Earn your way, and buy 
  2. LGBT History: Famous Women Who Loved WomenHuffington Post
    The pair’s intimate letters to each other have been preserved and published.
  3. The Best of BestowingHarvard Magazine
    At her first Christmas back from college, her mother gave her the first volume of Virginia Woolf’s letters. “I remember unwrapping it and going upstairs into the bedroom and being under blankets the whole day reading,” Paulsell says. She still reads 
  4. The Rabble’s Orlando. Photo: Sarah WalkerSydney Morning Herald
    PLAYING with gender is a traditional prerogative of the theatre, and The Rabble’s superb adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is an erotic and funny, alarming and profound interrogation of the subject. The theatrical mavericks have created a visceral
  5. Age critics make their picks of the festivalSydney Morning Herald
    ”Highlights include Nilaja Sun’s powerful one-woman show No Child …, The Rabble’s sexy and subversive adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and the irresistible carnival charm of La Soiree.” CAMERON WOODHEAD. HUB. ”The past few years have 
  6. Theater Review: Blood PlayVulture
    Blood Play is a sort of inverted Virginia Woolf, a night besotted with darkness and drink where virtually nothing honest is spoken aloud — until the final, fatal malediction. The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and director Oliver Butler 
  7. Creativity a Symptom of Mental Illness?Everyday Health
    Fans of Virginia Woolf know that the author — who killed herself — was frequently depressed. A new study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute suggests that an artist’s creativity may be linked to his or her mental illness. The brightest and most 
  8. New research suggests creativity is closely related to mental illnessallvoices
    Numerous examples exist where artists and writers have descended into madness or depression taking their lives, some very well regarded examples being Virginia Woolf, Vincent van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, Robert E. Howard. Of course while these examples 
  9. Preview: The Bloomsbury FestivalLondonist
    As you might expect from the home of Virginia Woolf and co, literary types will be well catered for with readings from emerging and established writers. Look out for Cream Tea and Conversation, a celebratory talk on Persephone Book’s 100th publication 
  10. Bridget Christie, The Riverfront,South Wales Argus
    Instead, we had her thoughts about how women are currently portrayed, the lack of Virginia Woolfand Mary Wollstonecraft in her local book store, and 18-year-olds on TOWIE who Botox their faces before a quiz night. “Misogyny and shiny leggings are …
  11. No need to be afraid of Virginia Woolf in erotic gender-bending epicSydney Morning Herald
    The theatrical mavericks have created a visceral and intellectual engagement with the modernist novel that will intrigue anyone with a deep knowledge of the text, but remains accessible to those who have always been a bit afraid of Virginia Woolf. The
  12. Review: Orlando, Melbourne FestivalHerald Sun
    WRITTEN as a love missive to poet Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf’s romantic novel Orlando tells the fantastical tale of a young courtier to Queen Elizabeth I who decides to stop ageing and then lives through three centuries, firstly as a man then 
  13. Candidates Night and Luna Stage This Week in West OrangePatch.com
    New Jersey Premiere of ‘Vita and Virginia’ by Eileen Atkins, adapted from correspondence betweenVirginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Vita Sackville-West was a wealthy socialite and aspiring poet. Virginia Woolf was of more modest means, and widely 
  14. Johnny Depp Joins Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts in Bringing…WordandFilm.com
    It’s hard not to yearn for the early adopter’s thrill of experiencing the firsthand wonders of a Preston Sturges screwball comedy, a John Coltrane free jazz riff, or a Virginia Woolf modernist masterpiece fresh from the source. But there is one pop 
  15.  A Short Defense of Literary ExcessNew York Times (blog)
    And who can be indifferent to the impressionistic metaphoricity of Virginia Woolf’sprose, where things “quiver,” “tremble” “melt” and “overflow,” constantly threatening to exceed themselves? Take Woolf’s depiction of one of Clarissa Dalloway’s lucid 
  16. Rabble rouses Woolf for an assault on the sensesThe Australian
    “How dull indecency is,” wrote Virginia Woolf in the mid-1920s, “when it is not the overflowing of a superabundant energy or savagery.” One could hardly find a more apt phrase to describe the Rabble’s recent output than the latter part of Woolf’s 
  17. Turkish Nobelist, kin to FaulknerPhiladelphia Inquirer
    Even as a young man, Pamuk – who is 60 years old – was impressed by Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner. Like those novelists he writes in stream-of-consciousness style: He portrays an individual’s point of view by depicting that character’s thought 
  18. Craig Brown review of The John Lennon Letters by Hunter DaviesDaily Mail
    When the Bloomsbury Group was at the height of its boom in the Seventies, people often joked that it wouldn’t be long before Virginia Woolf’s shopping lists were published, with a scholarly introduction by Michael Holroyd. Nowadays, the Bloomsburys 
  19. Victorian Bloomsbury, By Rosemary Ashton The Victorian City: Everday Life in The Independent
    “But if one lived here in Bloomsbury … one might grow up as one liked,” says a young woman in aVirginia Woolf short story. The sense she has of Bloomsbury as a haven for freedom-loving bohemians first developed at the end of the 19th and beginning 
  20. The real style bibles: The classics books that inspired the latest looksThe Independent
    “Vain trifles as they seem,” writes Virginia Woolf in Orlando, “clothes have, they say, more important offices than merely to keep us warm.” Fashion, aka the art of dressing up, has always been about creating a character for ourselves and some of the 
  21. Not everyone loves the countryside!Sussex Express
    (Phillimore): ‘Solitary walking in the afternoon for its own sake had an indisputable role in Virginia Woolf’s writing. She would compose sentences, collect thoughts and toss ideas about for her present and future writings, catching them “hot and 
  22. Toby’s Room by Pat Barker: ReviewToronto Star
    The novel’s title appears to be a self-conscious reference to Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room. That novel’s “protagonist”—based on Woolf’s brother Thoby, who died of typhoid at 26—was largely absent, Woolf’s strategy being to build a notion 
  23. Weekend Calendar: Books, Bats at Van Vleck, Music and Food DrivePatch.com
    Virginia Woolf was of more modest means, and widely considered to be a brilliant writer. Yet, these two women shared a long and complex relationship. Told mostly through letters that sparkle with wit and insight, Vita and Virginia sheds an intimate and 
  24. After Virginia Woolf, can Manorbier Castle inspire a new wave of authors?WalesOnline
    “Manorbier and the immediate vicinity have strong literary associations including Virginia Woolf, who was a frequent visitor to village,” said Ms Naper, who had to learn to walk again after suffering post-operative paralysis. “After an early bout of 
  25. Vantage Point: I was there when The Beatles played a Jew doJewish Chronicle
     Beatles’ first single being celebrated somewhat more widely — and wildly — than the 90th anniversary of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses (not to mention Aaron’s Rod by D H Lawrence and Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf), there is
  26. New York Film Festival 2012: Ginger & Rosaslantmagazine
    Like Orlando, her adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s centuries-spanning novel which established her name internationally 20 years ago, there’s a strong female protagonist through whose POV the movie unfolds. We sense a deep personal involvement in the
  27. Murder and drama in the LakesThe Guardian (blog)
    capacity to appreciate and admire generously the work of authors very different from himself. He held in the highest esteem, for instance, the novels of Mr James Joyce and Mrs Woolf. Virginia Woolf was indeed a great friend and regular correspondent of
  28. Review: NJ premiere of ‘Vita and Virginia‘ at Luna Stage…verbal magicExaminer.com
    British writer Eileen Atkins has created a fascinating play based on the voluminous and intimate real-life correspondence between fellow Bloomsbury writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West spanning from the early 1920s until 1941, when Woolf 
  29. The Tankerville Arms – steeped in Northumberland history, Manchester Evening News
    It’s not often you discover a hotel that boasts Virginia Woolf and Cardinal Basil Hume as fans. The writer raved about her stay in 1914 and the archbishop was a regular visitor to the Tankerville Arms in rural Northumberland. Steeped in history, the 
  30. 2012 Times Cheltenham Literature FestivalFoodepedia
    So said Virginia Woolf, and who am I to argue? If I were feeling particularly daring though, I might add one more thing to her list. Reading well also requires appropriate nourishment, making food a particularly important part of enjoying the 2012 
  31. What are the five best books about London?Telegraph.co.uk
    Virginia Woolf’s reportage collected in just 95 pages of The London Scene (Snowbooks) captures just one moment in London time – 1931 – but does so exquisitely. Graphic novel From Hell (Knockabout) is a retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders by Alan 
  32. Au Naturaw Opens in Downtown Santa AnaOC Weekly (blog)
    Also on the website are Virginia Woolf and Shakespeare quotes, a photo of a happy goat in a garden and a snapshot of Marchell Williams, the owner and chef. It should also be mentioned that Williams appears to have made a comment a few months ago on 
  33. Mabeyn Gallery hosts Gözonar’s showHurriyet Daily News
    Her current work uses the words of Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara and Virginia Woolfto link them with ordinary people. You will be surprised by what you see, and that’s exactly what Gözonar’s “Way” is about. October/09/2012. PRINTER FRIENDLY 
  34. Vita and Virginia‘: As good as their wordsThe Star-Ledger – NJ.com
    Based on the real-life correspondence between writers Vita Sackler-West and Virginia Woolf, “Vita and Virginia” is a play in letters. Sitting at desks opposite one another, the women pour out their mutual admiration, fears, jealousies and inspirations 
  35. The Godfather of Nyama Choma – Francis WahomeAllAfrica.com
    opinion. British novelist Virginia Woolf is quoted saying, “one cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ‘Dining well’ is the feeling one gets while digging into scrumptious nyama choma, ugali, and spinach at Francis 
  36. ‘All We Know: Three Lives,’ by Lisa CohenNew York Times
    Todd and Garland published Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and other Bloomsbury figures. Woolf associated the couple, Cohen writes, with “the knot of art, commerce and sexuality that haunts and defines both modernism and fashion.” The golden moment 
  37. Glee Recap of Season 4, Episode 4: “The Break-Up” — Blaine Cheated on Kurt Wetpaint
    Plus, a note to Virginia Woolf: We’re never reading another one of your novels for as long as we live! As far as we’re concerned, Virginia is as responsible for this break-up as anyone else, since it was her books that brought the “crazy or lesbian 
  38. Watch: Santana Serenades Brittany with ‘Mine’ in ‘Glee’s’ ‘The Break-Up’SheWired
    Thanks to flashback, viewers got to see that she and a girl armed with the Virginia Woolfcollection, had checked Santana out, and Santana returned the favor. While Santana explained that she would never cheat and that she didn’t want to full-on break 
  39. A Painting OpportunityDaily Beast
    More than just the title of Pat Barker’s new novel is reminiscent of Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room. Woolf wrote her third novel in memory of her brother Thoby, who died at age 26 in 1906, and so too Barker’s novel is about a sister mourning 
  40. The Godfather of Nyama Choma – Francis WahomeAllAfrica.com
    opinion. British novelist Virginia Woolf is quoted saying, “one cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ‘Dining well’ is the feeling one gets while digging into scrumptious nyama choma, ugali, and spinach at Francis 
  41. A Review of ‘Vita and Virginia,’ at Luna StageNew York Times
    In Act II of Eileen Atkins’s intelligent and resonant “Vita and Virginia,” now playing at Luna Stage, Woolf (Mona Hennessy) discovers that her lover Vita Sackville-West (Rachel Black Spaulding) has been seen “lunching at the Cafe Royal” with another 

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