Archive for March 12th, 2013

From late December until now, the number of Woolf sightings I have received through a standard Google alert have dwindled to nearly nothing. One might think that Woolf’s popularity has dwindled. That is not the case.

The problem seems to be that something has changed on the Google end of things, and the Woolf sightings I used to receive daily without effort must now be retrieved by initiating a specific search.

Search I did, and here are the 50 Woolf sightings I found stuck in the Google pipeline one recent afternoon. They include references to Woolf and Beyoncé (10), Woolf and gardens (26), Woolf and the Oscars (41), and Woolf and fashion (44).

  1. Bristol Women’s Literature Festival: Interview with Sian NorrisGuide2Bristol, March 5, 2013
    … many wonderful books, but one of my favourite women writers…one of my favourite writers of all time…is VirginiaDaphne du maurier and her sisters Woolf, I absolutely love her.
  2. Casey Legler & Andrej Pejic’s Androgyny Isn’t A Trend At AllRefinery29 (blog), March 4, 2013
    While gender permutation is certainly not a new “trend” in fashion — think Bowie, Virginia Woolf, or even the wig-wearing 18th century men …
  3. Review: Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters by Jane DunnTelegraph.co.uk, March 3, 2013
    Dunn, one of six sisters herself, has written before of sisterhoods, notably in her study of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. She knows that “it is 
  4. Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird The Independent-March 1, 2013
    Following Jane Dunn’s account of the sisterly dynamics of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, this is the premise of her engaging study of the …
  5. Magical & deliciousThe Recorder, Feb. 20, 2013on being ill
    This is an undated photo of British author Virginia Woolf. (AP Photo) Ashfield poet and publisher Jan Freeman found a draft of “On Being Ill’ 
  6. It takes balls to be a Great Actor, Irish Independent, March 2, 2013
    Virginia Woolf put it best when she said that a book is always considered important if it deals with men going off to war, but “insignificant if it …
  7. 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant WomenHuffington Post, Feb. 28, 2013
     Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dorothy Parker, Abigail Adams, Caroline Hershel, Emmeline Pankhurst, Virginia Woolf, Marie Curie.
  8. Women in loveFinancial Times, March 1, 2013
    Virginia Woolf once joked: “If any … dares call me ‘middlebrow’ I will take my pen and stab him, dead.” It is a sign of Jane Dunn’s generous …
  9. William Dalrymple: If I had five more lives, I’d live them all in India, gulfnews.com, Mar 2, 2013
    … Shah Shuja and the first battle for Afghanistan,” says Dalrymple, who has literature in his blood – his father was a cousin of Virginia Woolf.
  10. Same love; different lyricsThe Guardian (blog), March 1, 2013
    It’s a sign of the times that Beyoncé’s lyrics contain more feminist polemic than Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. “My persuasion can build …
  11. In the Critics this WeekNew Statesman, Feb. 14, 2013
    The Critics section of this week’s New Statesman is lead by Jeanette Winterson’s article on the “joyous transgressions” of Virginia Woolf’s
  12. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is right: working from home is bad for , Telegraph.co.uk, Feb. 27, 2013
    As Virginia Woolf observed of (middle-class) women writers, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”; she … 
  13. James Wood on five great novels of consciousness, Telegraph.co.uk, Feb. 26, 2013
    Mrs Ramsay, in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) sits and thinks randomly (about God, her children, how the greenhouse will cost £50), 
  14. Cafe Royal: The life and times of a London institutionCITY A.M., March 1, 2013
    The Twenties’ renovation contributed to its success in a new era; Virginia Woolf, Noël Coward, Laurence Olivier, Ivor Novello, JB Priestley and ..
  15. Cracking the Shell of Chick-LitTeen Ink, March 1, 2013
    Sparks’ process of publishing novels is the same as that of J.K. Rowling or Virginia Woolf. It starts with inspiration, continues with hours of 
  16. Sarasota, are you ready to take on the challenge of Marcel Proust?Sarasota Herald-Tribune (blog), March 1, 2013
    Many significant writers of the 20th century, including Graham Green, W. Somerset Maugham, Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf and Michael ..
  17. A glimpse of the words in actiongulfnews.com, Feb. 27, 2013
    Virginia Woolf’s novels, though I can’t read them now because she’s so terribly snobby. But her prose was a revelation. Do you think the craft 
  18. The case against working at homeLong Beach Press-Telegram, Feb. 28, 2013
    One of the great thinkers on work-life conditions, Virginia Woolf, argued that our ideas themselves are subtly, but importantly, affected by the 
  19. Theater review: Ordinary DaysColumbus Alive, Feb. 27, 2013
    … enthusiasm by Zack Steele, and ever anxious Deb, struggling with her dissertation on Virginia Woolf and given vivid voice by Leslie Goddard, …
  20. A Reading List of One’s Own: 10 Essential Feminist BooksThe Atlantic, Feb. 20, 2013
    Noteworthy feminist writing, from the works of Virginia Woolf to Caitlin Moran. banner_woolf.jpg.Virginia Woolf. flavorpillheader.PNG …
  21. Goodbye Longbourn, hello LahoreNew Zealand Listener, Feb. 27, 2013
    Mullan goes on to quote that wonderful Virginia Woolf line that “of all great writers [Austen] is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness”.
  22. Sex not specified: photography’s gender frontiers, The Age-by Steve Dow, Feb. 25, 2013
     the Eurythmics had done and Tilda Swinton in her breakthrough role as the sex-switching Orlando of the film of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel 
  23. Stoppard in name of loveThe Border Mail, Feb. 27, 2013Stoppard
    ”He was a modernist, he edited Conrad and he knew Joyce, he knew Virginia Woolf. He was very stimulated by that whole modernist world.
  24. The continued conundrum of consciousnessBinghamton University Pipe Dream, Feb. 26, 2013
    Consider some of the great creative minds of the past century: Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath,Virginia Woolf and many more, not exclusive to 
  25. What does it mean to be a writer? For me, writing is a parenthesis , Financial Times, Feb. 22, 2013
    I’ve never had a Virginia Woolf “Room of One’s Own”.  Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (1931) and Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red (1998).
  26. Rhododendrons to shine at Philadelphia Flower ShowMontgomery Newspapers, Feb. 26, 2013
    The gardens are promised to feel so authentic and peaceful that passersby might envision historical British figures like Virginia Woolf, Roger 
  27. Karen Russell: By the BookNew York Times, Feb. 14, 2013
     Wallace Stevens, Stephen King, Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, Virginia Woolf, Ben Marcus, Kelly Link, Joy Williams, Carson McCullers.
  28. App brings artists to allYour Local Guardian, Feb. 26, 2013
     do have key links with number of influential authors, such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Alexander Pope and of course Virginia Woolf.” 
  29. Ups and Downs: Famous Writers and their Day JobsNelson Mail (blog), Feb. 21, 2013
    It’s one of the orange-striped Popular Penguin mugs, with “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “George Orwell” written on it. The Virginia Woolf model 
  30. New on Netflix: The Hunger Games, The Paperboy, The Artist , Reel Life With Jane, Feb. 27, 2013
    This gripping drama follows the parallel lives of three 20th-century women: incomparable writerVirginia Woolf, an unsatisfied 1950s housewife 
  31. Bring Back the Illustrated Book!New Yorker (blog), Feb. 22, 2013
    In her 1926 essay, “Cinema,” Virginia Woolf reëmphasized the distinction between visual stimulation and the ineffable conjurings of prose.
  32. ‘Or’ star Emily Gunyou Halaas on life in (and out of) the theaterMinneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 23, 2013
    Virginia Woolf wrote that “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to 
  33. Love Letters: Old Fashioned Affection in a Digital AgeWashington College Elm, Feb. 15, 2013
    Few love letters evoke this risk as mesmerizingly as Virginia Woolf’s letter to her lover Vita Sackville-West, written in 1927: “Look here Vita 
  34. DDF triumph: ‘Soap and Water’Palatinate, Feb. 24, 2013
     suicide: Sylvia Plath, Sarah Kane and Virginia Woolf remind the audience that although the piece may present itself as a contrived situation, 
  35. Review – Ingrid Jonker: A poet’s life1352667520, Independent Online, Feb. 21, 2013
    Often compared to Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf because of her suicide (she drowned in July 1965), sometimes to Marilyn Monroe over her 
  36. Former TNR owner/publisher has seller’s remorse, Hot Air, Feb. 14, 2013
    The first and second cohort of editors and writers included such giants as Felix Frankfurter, Virginia Woolf, Reinhold Niebuhr, Rebecca West, 
  37. Touching Plath’s HairDaily Beast, Feb. 11, 2013
    In 2005, I was lucky to travel to Knole, the family seat of Vita Sackville West, where the original manuscript for Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is on 
  38. Sylvia Plath’s London: ‘When I came to my beloved Primrose Hill , Evening Standard, Feb. 22, 2013
    The evening was spent gossiping about the private lives of DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, WH Auden and Stravinsky. The following month the 
  39. Glimpse of a mischievous, surprisingly saucy AustenIrish Independent, Feb. 18, 2013

    Nevertheless, in the limited world Austen inhabited, holding, in the words of Virginia Woolf, “a candle to life on a country house stairway”, a life 

  40. JG Ballard’s Memoir, ‘Miracles of Life’New York Times, Feb. 5, 2013
    “No one in a novel by Virginia Woolf ever filled up the petrol tank of her car,” Ballard notes. “No one in Hemingway’s postwar novels ever 
  41. Why the Oscars Really Are Worth WatchingEsquire (blog), Feb. 22, 2013
    Neither did Kafka, nor Virginia Woolf, and on and on. These writers weren’t particularly uplifting people. They didn’t write virtuous books.
  42. Do we still need women-only spaces? The Guardian (blog), Feb. 15, 2013
    Feminism in the 1970s was based on the truism that every woman needed “a room of one’s own”, a phrase that drew on Virginia Woolf’s 
  43. From Arab Spring to global revolutionThe Guardian, Feb. 5, 2013
    I am drawn to Virginia Woolf’s comment: “On or about December 1910 human character changed.” She was referring to a revolution in social 
  44. Autumn/Winter 2013-14 Ready-To-WearVogue.com, Feb. 12, 2013
    It was all very much anchored in that Virginia Woolf poetic vein – dropped-waist dresses, billowy sleeves, high necks, flocked florals, dancing …
  45. Lens CrafterSanta Fe Reporter, Feb. 19, 2013
     Sigmund Freud’s couch, Annie Oakley’s heart target and Virginia Woolf’s writing table. “Woolf was very messy…art is messy,” Leibovitz says.
  46. Treading warily through historyHuffington Post (blog), Feb. 14, 2013
    Virginia Woolf, for example, deplored Lytton Strachey’s original decision to garner the facts with invented passages in his book, Elizabeth and 
  47. Last Whiff of PIFFWillamette Wee, Feb. 20, 2013
    Chekhov’s elusive endings haunt us, said Virginia Woolf, because we feel “as if a tune had stopped short without the expected chords to close it 
  48. This is 50The Christian Century, Feb. 15, 2013
    The novelist Virginia Woolf sounds a bit like Thomas Merton. At 50, she wrote of her desire to concentrate her life, to turn it away from the 
  49. Writing of walkingSpectator.co.uk (blog), Feb. 7, 2013
    Clarissa Dalloway’s walk from Westminster to Bond Street at the beginning of Mrs Dalloway is one of Virginia Woolf’s most astonishing authorial 
  50. Chrissie SwanThe Age, Feb. 9, 2013
    Kind of like Virginia Woolf’s “room of one’s own”, but it’s a “domain of one’s own”. In their lovely, intimate space, they create a magnificently rich …

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