Archive for October 8th, 2013

Included in this collection are links to coverage of the infamous David Gilmour and his misguided views about women writers (9-11). Balancing that is this lovely quote from Andrew Solomon in the New York Times:

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon (screenshot from NYT website)

Virginia Woolf is my other favorite. I feel as if she is writing not simply about the mind, but about my mind. Her books are as visceral to me as music. I find that Woolf, like chocolate, requires rationing; I could easily become emotionally obese if I let myself consume her work too often. – Andrew Solomon (14) in this week’s Woolf Sightings

  1. Book of Ages: Franklin’s sis no footnote, Columbus Dispatch
    In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf speculated about what life would have been like for an imaginary sister of Shakespeare. Not good, she concludes: Her 
  2. READING & WRITING : The idea of secrets, E Kantipur
    The first time a publisher approached Hermione Lee with the idea of writing a biography of Virginia Woolf, she said no. Then a second publisher suggested the 
  3. Book Review: ‘The Letters of C. Vann Woodward’, Wall Street Journal
    For those whom the novelist Virginia Woolf called common readers, intending no condescension, history is often problematic, seeming to offer a choice between 
  4. Searching for supermen, Daily Californian
    Virginia Woolf tells me not to be angry all the time because no one wants to listen to angry people. So this week, I’m taking a break from lamenting the sad state 
  5. ‘Shakespeare’s Sister’ Adapts Woolf and DurasNew York Times
    Who can say whether one of Shakespeare’s sisters was a frustrated writer, as Virginia Woolfimagined in “A Room of One’s Own”? But Peter Brook’s daughter, 
  6. Horley’s Archway Theatre turns to tale of a Tudor queen, This is Local London
    Horley’s Archway Theatre is currently presenting Eileen Atkins’ play, Vita and Virginia, depicting the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, …
  7. The Journal Is The Destination (A Hat Tip To Dan Eldon), NPR (blog)
    Habitual journaling has given society insight into the minds of great writers, from Franz Kafka to Virginia Woolf. But how does a photographer keep a journal?
  8. Julian Barnes’ ‘grief memoir’ is really a love story, Wicked Local (blog)
    Great writers can make just about anything work. Virginia Woolf made us believe Orlando went to sleep a man and awoke a woman. We never think twice about 
  9. University Of Toronto Students Protest English Instructor Who Is ‘Not Business Insider Australia
    Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would 
  10. University Of Toronto Literature Professor Says He’s “Not Interested , BuzzFeed
    Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach  And when I tried to teach Virginia Woolf, she’s too sophisticated, even for a 
  11. David Gilmour’s Refusal To Teach Women Writers Sparks Rage Huffington Post Canada
    Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories,” Gilmour said. “When I was given this job I said I would 
  12. Sage Is Culver City’s Best New Vegan Restaurant, Huffington Post
    Virginia Woolf once wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” If Virginia Woolf had traveled down Sepulveda Boulevard in 
  13. Things to do in Paradise/Downtown, Sept. 24-30, Las Vegas Review-Journal
    The one-man show features Jade Esteban portraying Plato, Virginia Woolf, Freddy Mercury and others. The event is part of The Centerpiece, a queer arts and 
  14. Andrew Solomon: By the Book, New York Times
    The author of “Far From the Tree” loves reading Virginia Woolf, but in small portions. “I could easily become emotionally obese if I let myself consume her work 
  15. The End of Fundamentalism, Washington Post (blog)
    On or about September 19th, 2013, the world changed, to paraphraseVirginia Woolf. I’ve been waiting for the definitive character of the Era change that’s been 
  16. Fascinating fact:, Hollywood.com
    Actress Christina Carty has been cast as writer Virginia Woolf in the upcoming season of hit period drama Downton Abbey. Hugh Jackman’s wife pens op-ed 
  17. ‘A Man’s World’ Is Being Revived at Metropolitan Playhouse, New York Times
    Almost 20 years before Virginia Woolf published “A Room of One’s Own,” the playwright Rachel Crothers sought the same thing for her heroine in her 1910 ..
  18. James Joyce in 1920s Paris, The New Republic
    On this day in 1922, Virginia Woolf took to her diary to pan what she had read of James Joyce’s Ulysses. “An illiterate, underbred book it seems to me,” she wrote 
  19. ‘Orlando’ review: Magically shifting gender, time, San Francisco Chronicle
    That’s as true for Sarah Ruhl’s lovingly crafted adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s time-bending, gender-shifting novel as it is for Woolf’s mesmerizing prose.
  20. Who’s Afraid?, New York Times
    Adam Kirsch mentions, by way of contrast, the example of Virginia Woolf’s work for The Times Literary Supplement, where, as he puts it, “she specialized in 
  21. Literary Figures and Their Wild Pets, Huffington Post
    We love images of famous writers with their pets: Edith Wharton with her lapdogs, Virginia Woolf with her spaniel, gloomy Ernest Hemingway cuddling one of his …
  22. La Mama’s Shakespeare’s Sister Playwright Irina Brook on Being a TheaterMania.com
    La MaMa is hosting her company’s newest play, Shakespeare’s Sister (or La Vie Matérielle) — a piece Brook adapted from writings by Virginia Woolf (A Room of …
  23. Self Publishing: Here To Stay?, Huffington Post
    In 1917 Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard unpacked a small printing press in the front room of their home. They set up the Hogarth Press to enable them 
  24. Conrad, Woolf to visit Iran with two novellasIran Book News Agency
    ‘Jacob’s Room’ is the third novel by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1922. The novel centres, in a very ambiguous way, around the life story of the protagonist 
  25. Virginia Woolf and the “Melymbrosia” manuscriptThe Sunday Times Sri Lanka
    It wasn’t until 2007 when I bought the late Paul Evans’ 4000 Bloomsbury book collection and started building the Literary Museum at Glenthorne that I 
  26. Genre benders: where fiction and photography meet, Irish Times
     suggesting bold new possibilities for literature. They were André Breton’s surrealist masterwork Nadja, and Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending farce Orlando.
  27. First edition of TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ sells for £4500, New York Daily News (blog)
    Though Virginia Woolf is known for her introspective meditations on femininity and the self, she and her husband Leonard were also founders of a publishing 
  28. Preserve and protect, South China Morning Post
    Her name may not mean much to readers, except for those who are familiar with the five volumes ofVirginia Woolf’s diary, which she edited meticulously, 
  29. Michael Palin’s 6 favorite books, The Week Magazine
    The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vols. 1–5 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $139). One of the greatest travelers of the mind, Virginia Woolf was always asking questions of 
  30. 11 Authors Who Kept Their Day Jobs, Huffington Post
    Along with her husband, Leonard WoolfVirginia founded publishing house Hogarth Press. The pair published Russian translations, psychoanalytic works, and 
  31. Vocational Training From a Label Near You, New York Times
    She went on to receive a master’s degree in literature at the Sorbonne, where she wrote dissertations on the works of Zelda Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf.

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