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In this week’s Woolf sightings, Virginia Woolf inspires art in St. Louis, Missouri, titled A Silk Worm of One’s Own and a dance staged in Liverpool, England, titled The Big Smoke, as well as a Brown commencement speech.

  1. Fire Lookout on Solitude (and Lots of Time to Read), New York Times
    This year, I’m bringing some Virginia Woolf — “To the Lighthouse,” which I’ve never read — half a dozen issues of the London Review of Books and New York Review of Books, a collection of Balzac novellas, “Mating” by Norman Rush, Terry Castle’s new
  2. Appealing Events: Jazz, Poetry, And Dead Celebs At The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The San Francisco Appeal
    salon-like dinner party” with guests like Stein, Virginia Woolf, Bobby Fischer, Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday, Glenn Gould, and other dead greats. The series of poems, jazz, rock-and-roll, and collages promises a more than exciting evening.
  3. Dine with Famous Dead Folks at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF Weekly (blog)
    We’ll be disappointed if Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein don’t break latkes over the direction of modern feminism and more importantly, what’s the most flattering length for a caftan. Enquiring minds. Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus!
  4. The Baroque Folk of Foxtails Brigade, East Bay Express
    Some are based on fairy tales, with language filched from her favorite canonical authors — Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Hans Christian Andersen. Others, like the title track, were inspired by her experiences as a substitute teacher.
  5. Memorial Day Lessons From Darwin, Virginia Woolf, and Altruistic Squirrels, Huffington Post
    Of course, he meant that he’d learned a different way of reading, courtesy of Virginia Woolf, who he had nicknamed “Ginny” to make her more approachable and real to him. What she taught him was that “the reader is not a bystander, but rather an active
  6. Books by dudes for dudes, books by chicks for dudes, Los Angeles Times
    Included in the list: Zadie Smith, Kelly Link, Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Lydia Millet, Doris Lessing, Djuna Barnes, Toni Morrison, Harper Lee, Clarice Lispector, Iris Murdoch, Shirley Jackson, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bishop
  7. The class war: Why everyone feels insecure, The Guardian
    It would explain a lot even though the middle class – snooty Virginia Woolf despised them too – whose postwar expansion lies behind such feelings of insecurity is also entitled to feel threatened, not least by globalisation. “Squeezed middle”?
  8. A new book club on Twitter (better be concise!), Marketplace
    Primarily a biographer whose works include studies of Maria Callas, Virginia Woolf, and Camille Claudel, she is the author of 18 published books. Her latest, Margaret Mahler, A Biography of the Psychoanalyst, was published recently by McFarland
  9. Stands the church clock at ten to three, Varsity Online
    The appeal soon caught on and Brooke became the centre of a set which included Keynes, Virginia Woolf, Wittgenstein and Forster. They were the Neo-Pagans. For them, time, appointments, deadlines, seemed as distant as these figures now seem to us.
  10. Help yourself and help others, Brown grads told at commencement, Providence Journal
    Combs speech was inspired by a class he took last fall about author Virginia Woolf. He said the course and school, which doesn’t have a core curriculum, forced him to read actively and become engaged with everything in life.
  11. Commencement 2011: Senior orators, The Brown Daily Herald
    Combs will speak about the effect Virginia Woolf’s work has had on him. He first discovered her work in a class last semester, and he said Woolf taught him to read and write in a new way and appreciate “what it can do for us as people.
  12. The literary divide pt. 2 – Europe and the isolationism of American literary , Czech Position (blog)
    In a parenthetical aside in “The Novel Is Not Dead: Despite Critics’ Best Attempts” in the Boston Review, Jess Row quotes Virginia Woolf, who he paints as the modernist protector of upper-class privilege, on why she didn’t include Joseph Conrad in her
  13. Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars’ Rights, Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
    Other works once available but now restricted include books by HG Wells, Virginia Woolf, and CS Lewis; films by Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, and Jean Renoir; and artwork by MC Escher and Pablo Picasso. The US Copyright Office estimated that the
  14. The Blagger’s Guide To…Self-Publishing, The Independent
    Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press, launched in 1917, published many of Woolf’s works, along with the first UK edition of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land in 1924, and In A Province (1934), the first book by Laurens van der Post.
  15. Literary guide, San Francisco Chronicle
    A series of poem songs that narrate a story – via words, jazz, rock, electronica – of a dinner party populated by Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Bobby Fischer and other dead eccentrics. 7 pm The Yud gallery, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St.
  16. Portrait of the artist as a headscarf-wearing woman, Ha’aretz
    The studio’s name was Mizrahi’s idea, and as suggested by the play on Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” it points to a feminist agenda. As head of the art track in Ulpanat Tzvia in Ma’aleh Adumim, a religious girls’ high school, Mizrahi – from
  17. Inspiration is never quite where you expect it to be, The Cornishman
    Unfortunately, I am not that au fait with the wit and wisdom of Virginia Woolf, well apart from “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”To be honest that would have seemed rather a pretentious introduction especially
  18. The nearness of heartbreak, The Australian
    In 1929 Virginia Woolf thought it could be procured for pound stg. 500 a year, but she did not specify by what means this money was to be found. Paid work, Simone de Beauvoir said, weighing in on the debate 20 years later, was the answer.
  19. Physical theatre experts from across the globe descend on Liverpool for , Liverpool Daily Post
    Laura Davis reports WHEN life became too much for Virginia Woolf, she filled her pockets with stones and walked into the river near her home. When repeated bouts of depression got the better of her, American writer Sylvia Plath placed her head inside
  20. Vorticism: the biz of the buzz – review, The Guardian
    In Orlando, Virginia Woolf definitively mocked the idea that literature, that prose style, was the toy of social conditions: “Also that the streets were better drained and the houses better lit had its effect upon the style, it cannot be doubted.
  21. Essays, Volume 6: 1933-1941, By Virginia Woolf, The Independent
    Virginia Woolf, high priestess of modernism, had to earn her living like anybody else. These days, her kind of fiction, richly figurative, with her characters’ narratives floating dreamily between inner and outer life, is not fashionable.
  22. ‘Goat’ takes a fanciful what-if look at Virginia Woolf’s life, Ventura County Star
    Virginia Woolf (Melonie Mazman Hayden) tries to work through her demons with the aid of a psychologist (Bill Waxman) in Arthur Kraft’s new play “Goat.” Arthur Kraft’s “Goat,” a fanciful what-if play that considers a crucial turn in the
  23. To the River: A Journey Beneath The Surface, By Olivia Laing, The Independent
    But it is inevitable that the Ouse should be associated with the Woolfs: here Virginia committed suicide, as Leonard realised the moment he saw her stick lying on its bank. But none of Virginia Woolf’s biographers has identified, as Laing does here,
  24. Glorious St Ives: An artistic holiday that lets you take Cornwall’s , Daily Mail
    To the right are rustling long grasses, boulders, thunderous waves and, in the distance, Godrevy Lighthouse – that once inspired Virginia Woolf’s writing but today looks like a blurry white smudge, half rubbed out on the horizon. Read St. Ives: A place for lovers
  25. Virginia Nicholson: Heroines on the home front, Telegraph.co.uk
    Most surprisingly, perhaps, Nicholson quotes Virginia Woolf, her grandmother’s younger sister, after whom she is named and to whom she bears more than a passing resemblance. “It would have been hard for me to leave her out,” she says, even though Woolf
  26. June’s Little Black Dress, Wall Street Journal
    London dealer Peter Harrington will offer an intimate letter written in 1932 by Virginia Woolf to her fellow writer Vita Sackville-West in which she says, “I would pitch you a very melancholy story about my jealousy of all your new loves” (price:
  27. Lila Azam Zanganeh: ‘I’ve always wanted to push myself to do things I don’t , The Guardian
    Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is of course one in a long line; there were many Orlandos before her, and the original was a knight in medieval times, who appears as Roland in the French epic Chansons de geste.” I tell her that it sounds incredibly ambitious
  28. The Irish Times – Friday, May 27, 2011, Irish Times
    Produced Around the World in 80 Days. Carrie Fisher’s dad. Used to be Richard Jenkins. A selection of what? 10 Greer Garson braves the war at home. Queen Victoria dallies with a servant. Vanessa Redgrave plays a Virginia Woolf heroine.
  29. Sisterhood does not exist, DAWN.com
    In the words of Virginia Woolf: “Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man in twice its natural size.” According to Women’s Action Forum member, Neelum Shah,
  30. St. Louis Art Capsules, Riverfront Times
    Invoking Virginia Woolf’s seminal feminist essay, A Silk Worm of One’s Own, cordons off space with tangled white threads that dangle from the ceiling in mud-smeared clumps or writhe freely in space. A video piece, entitled I Breathe, I Walk,
  31. The Typewriter — Part Of What We Are, Irish Independent
    Other upstanding authors of note included Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe and Vladimir Nabokov. Jack Kerouac typed his most famous novel, On The Road, on a long roll of paper so he wouldn’t have to break his train of thought. After a fortnight he’d produced
  32. Cary Grant Wasn’t Gay, Says His Daughter, Village Voice (blog)
    “Perhaps Dad had what Virginia Woolf described as ‘an androgynous mind’,” she concludes. But did dad ever experiment sexually? wonders Jennifer, aloud. “I don’t know. Have I ever experimented sexually? Have you? If experimentation makes one gay,

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