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This week in Woolf sightings: another helping of Virginia Woolf’s Tears (#19), Woolf on stage from Louisiana to Portsmouth, and A Room of One’s Own as an edible tableau (#39).

Oh, and you can listen to a BBC broadcast on Writing Madness (#24) that includes a discussion of Mrs. Dalloway, complete with sound effects. After all, it is radio.

  1. Walk from Knole to Emmetts Garden and back, BBC News
    Once at the centre of court life, Knole was the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and contains extraordinary furniture from royal palaces, alongside supurb portraits, textiles and silver.Show less… Knole, one of our most important and complete
  2. The March of Women … In Music, The NextWomen Business Magazine
    That remains the single most famous observation about this “lady composer” who dressed in tweeds, smoked cigars and fell in love with Virginia Woolf..such eccentricities show why she hasn’t become a usable female-composer to help promote role models
  3. “The Force of Sensation”: Keats and Constable on Hampstead Heath, Town Topics
    arrived conveniently in accord with this Anglophile’s ongoing Charles Dickens bicentenary tribute to England featuring, so far, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake, Cary Grant’s Bristol, Virginia Woolf’s Dorothy Wordsworth, and George Gissing’s Dickens.
  4. Mr. Kent’s Tulip, March 21: Gardens are going crazy, Toronto Star
    We will leave Virginia Woolf for another day. The blooms in the White Garden: white peonies; white pansies; white tulips; white cosmos; white hollyhocks. The greens and the grays play an essential supporting role — southernwood and artemesia and
  5. Authors rock Chicago’s Metro with Story Week, RedEye Chicago (blog)
    PM: There’s a whole lot of beauty in our Story Week colleague Christine Sneed’s “Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry.” And you can’t really go wrong by going back in time and reading “Mrs. Dalloway,” by Virginia Woolf. Just sayin’.
  6. Author Interview: Catherine Chung of Forgotten Country, Color Magazine
    So they publish people like Virginia Woolf and Zdena Berger; they published Ruth Stone before she got the National Book Critics Circle Award. There are so many voices – whether they are the voices of women or coming from marginalized communities – that
  7. ‘Wolf Won’t Bite!’ and ‘Virginia Wolf’, New York Times
    Operating on a much deeper and darker level, “Virginia Wolf,” an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art, will do wonders for Woolf-besotted former English majors. But the story, about Virginia and her
  8. Gabrielle’s Bells: Oh, Gastronomy! Humana Festival play 4, WHAS 11.com (subscription)
    And as the great Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” You can catch this show along with the other Humana Festivals at Actor’s Theatre now through the end of March.
  9. An afternoon of delights, This is Leicestershire
    Well Amen to that, Virginia Woolf, because last Thursday I was focused at work, romantic with my boyfriend, and managed a full, undisturbed eight hours kip later that night. To codify, I’d had lunch at Hambleton Hall. The boyfriend came along too – and
  10. Spotlight: Stage listings, Seacoastonline.com
    MARCH 28 | A Room of One’s Own, 7 pm, Local actress, Alexandra Borrie honors Women’s History Month with a performance of excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s, A Room of One’s Own, Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth.
  11. Psychosis Diagnosis Could Mean Jason Russell Is a Genius (VIDEO), The Stir
    Isaac Newton, for example, is believed to have suffered from manic depression, as did Ludwig van Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Virginia Woolf. Of Winston Churchill’s bipolar disorder, author Anthony Storr wrote: “Had he been a stable
  12. Virginia Woolf, Mail Tribune
    Jeannine Grizzard is Virginia Woolf in Ashland Contemporary Theatre’s production of “A Room of One’s Own.” A landmark feminist lecture and essay by Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own,” will be presented this
  13. Readers’ Favorite Mini-Narratives, New York Times (blog)
    A few sentences readers mentioned — from Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” and Gabriel García Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” — were on my short list for this essay or another in the series.
  14. Beacon of promise, Sydney Morning Herald
    FROM Virginia Woolf to Colm Toibin, the lighthouse has been a source of myth-making in literature. The structure has stood for sanctuary, the edge of knowledge and reason. Its beam of white brilliance slashes inky black nights, thick sea mists and ]
  15. “The Dressmaker,” by Kate Alcott, Washington Post
    Which brings up an interesting aspect of “making history,” particularly the kind that Virginia Woolf used to talk about: the flocks of girls with bits of sewing in their laps, chattering about men, defining them, often by bursts of rude laughter.
  16. The originality of the species, The Guardian
    And he and modernists like Virginia Woolf found new means of representing the flow of consciousness that now are common, even in children’s books. But Richardson, Austen, Joyce and Woolf were inheritors in their turn. They sat on the shoulders of
  17. Sleep deprivation bad for health, success, Edmond Sun
    Virginia Woolf referred to sleep as “… that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.” High profile shakers and movers like Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Margaret Thatcher were said to operate at high levels of efficiency on remarkably little
  18. The slacker is back – and this time she’s female, The Guardian
    In A Room Of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf writes (and if Woolf sanctions it, it must be OK): “It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.” Perhaps it doesn’t matter whether it’s in a room of one’s own,
  19. Eating your way to happiness in the Philippines, BBC News
    Virginia Woolf’s Tears, aimed at staving off depression, is a turkey soup with cabbage and green apples. The customers certainly seemed to be embracing the happiness vibe. Mitch and his girlfriend Jeti had just finished a stressful work week,
  20. Alain de Botton: ‘My father was physically quite violent… he would destroy , The Independent
    Virginia Woolf. We never discussed those writers. But it was a way of connecting with him.” “And your own books?” “Were attempts at connecting with him.” “So anyhow, what parts of the house did he trash?” “Mostly doors. He was very anxious all the time
  21. A WRITER SPEAKS OUT, The Register-Guard
    She also said that she went six or seven years before any of her submissions were accepted, that she often returns to classic authors Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf, that she has a certain distaste for literary awards and that both e-books and
  22. In My Shoes: In my grandmother’s shoes, Richmond Times Dispatch
    The picture of my birth grandmother portrays an image strongly reminiscent of portraits of the writer Virginia Woolf: a broad-brimmed straw hat perched on her head with masses of light-brown hair spilling out from under it, a faint Mona Lisa smile on
  23. Portsmouth area community calendar, Seacoastonline.com
    The cost is $10. www.eyeofthehawk.org. Local actress Alexandra Borrie: honors Women’s History Month with a performance of excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s, “A Room of One’s Own,” at 7 pm, Wednesday, March 28, at Portsmouth Public Library,
  24. Writing Madness, Radio Times
    She analyses the heroines of Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway and F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, and considers both authors’ views on the connection between `madness’ and creativity. She also considers how the books reflect the growing
  25. Authors in LA: Parenting lessons from Anne Lamott and more, Los Angeles Times (blog)
    3/29: 7:30 pm Hermione Lee, president of Wolfson College, Oxford, and prize-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, presents a lecture on the art of biography “From Memory: Literary Encounters and Life Stories” at the Huntington Library
  26. Reviews of new pop, country/ roots, jazz and classical releases, Bellingham Herald
    Lyrics include quotes from Frank O’Hara and Virginia Woolf, and stylistically, Holter occasionally echoes Laurie Anderson and, more obscurely, Stina Nordenstam. But ultimately, “Ekstasis” is fascinating, complex and unique. Via either his much-touted
  27. Virginia Woolf Visits the Daily Mail, New Yorker (blog)
    Given that long-established editorial stance, the Mail would seem to be an unlikely venue for members of the Bloomsbury Group, the cluster of writers and intellectuals that included John Maynard Keynes, EM Forster, Lytton Strachey, and Virginia Woolf
  28. Nights Out by Judith R Walkowitz: review, Telegraph.co.uk
    By Judith Flanders In her fiction, Virginia Woolf transformed Soho into a menacing urban space filled with “fierce” light and “raw” voices, even as she privately commended herself for driving a good bargain on some silk stockings “(flawed slightly)” at
  29. On This Day in History, The Province
    Died on this day: Author Virginia Woolf (1941), 34th US president Dwight D Eisenhower (1969) and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens (1980). To order reprints of these or other archival photos, go to http://www.sunprovince.com/reprints.
  30. Breaking the Silence…, About.com Guide
    Virginia Woolf
    killed herself on March 28, 1941. She is one of the most important women writers in English literature, famous for works like A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway, and many other novels,
  31. Milton Earth Day Festival, NorthFulton.com
    1941: English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body is never found. 1942: A British ship, the HMS Capbeltown, a Lend-Lease American destroyer, which was specifically rammed into a German occupied
  32. Perfect Double Bill: “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “A Thousand Clowns”, Salon
    Daldry was also the auteur behind the best ever performance by a fake nose, in a film that made me VERY afraid of Virginia Woolf, “The Hours.” And to finish off this recipe of indigestible worthiness, meet the cast. To quote the immortal (I wish.
  33. Around Acadiana for March 27, 2012, The Advocate
    Written by Cody Daigle and directed by Alicia Chaisson, the play was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” and imagines Shakespeare’s sister as equally talented and ambitious as her brother. The dress rehearsal from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  34. Hollywood’s Lady All-Stars, Grantland
    It took me 20 years before I got the Virginia Woolf reference in the title. Released ahead of the 50th anniversary of pro baseball played by women, A League of Their Own doubles back from a star catcher who reluctantly attends the induction of the
  35. Bechdel looks at her mom, Abrams packages the Garbage Pail Kids, and Corman’s , The Phoenix
    But the book is also preoccupied with other matters: a life history of the pioneering child psychiatrist Donald Winnicott; a close reading of Virginia Woolf’s letters and her novel To the Lighthouse; Bechdel’s own long foray into psychoanalysis,
  36. Eat this book, City Pulse
    At MSU’s contest last year, Dorothy Brooks of East Lansing created an edible tableau out of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.” She built a small library by arranging Allsorts licorice squares (they look like little books) on graham-cracker shelves
  37. The Triumph of ‘Craigslist Mom’ Rebecca Land Soodak, New York Observer
    For Ms. Land Soodak, outsourcing the minutiae of modern childrearing is a privilege with feminist implications, a way to stake out not just a room of one’s own (like the Virginia Woolf essay young Kara studies in the novel), but also the mental space
  38. Wordsmiths waiting in the wings, Cambridge News
    “There will also be a celebration of the life of Angela Carter, author of The Bloody Chamber, 20 years after her untimely death, a look back at the story of the Titanic 100 years to the day after she sank, and a chance to get up-close to Virginia Woolf

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In memory of Virginia Woolf

The Writer’s Almanac posted the following tribute to Virginia Woolf, who died on this day in 1941, 71 years ago. All of the adjectives are true.

Virginia Woolf committed suicide on this day in 1941. A lively, witty, productive, creative person, whose life was overshadowed by her death. She wrote three of her best books in the space of just a few years in the 1920’s: Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928).

Posts from the past on the topic of Woolf’s untimely passing:

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This week in Woolf sightings, the BBC has come up with a a new two-DVD set, “In Their Own Words,” that include three one-hour documentaries that distill more than a century’s worth of BBC radio and television interviews, including Virginia Woolf’s (#29). There’s a new book about Knole (#9). And mum’s the word in To the Lighthouse (#22).

  1. Annie Leibovitz’s Ghosts, New Yorker (blog)
    She took pictures of objects she was drawn to—Emily Dickinson’s white dress; Virginia Woolf’s writing desk; Annie Oakley’s tiny heart-shaped target pierced by a bullet hole; Robert Smithson’s spiral jetty; and a cast of the veiny hands of Daniel
  2. The Public Domain – Is It Going To The Birds?, JD Supra (press release)
    The works affected are estimated to number in the millions and could include films by Alfred Hitchcock, such as The Birds; books by Virginia Woolf, such as Mrs. Dalloway; symphonies by Prokofiev, such as Peter and the Wolf; and paintings by Picasso,
  3. Dorrit Cohn, 87; among Harvard’s first tenured female professors, Boston.com
    Kacandes added that Dr. Cohn’s work “changed forever how we read” writers such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Franz Kafka. In large measure, Dr. Cohn cared less about plot than “how stories are told,” her son said, “and in particular how
  4. Reality Mom: Interview with Sheila Hageman. author of Stripping Down, Ballard News Tribune
    Do you have a Phantom, as Virginia Woolf calls it, that you need to kill in order to write? Mine is my son’s teacher. I live in fear that she’ll read one of my articles that involves sex. SH: I think my phantom is plural! They are my grown-up children.
  5. The Smithsonian will convince you that videogames are art, Entertainment Weekly
    Virginia Woolf wrote a couple of books about women who carefully construct their parties as a form of art. Really, everyone could be called an “artist” — except for maybe Brett Ratner. Roger Ebert seemed to realize this point when, after throwing down
  6. Training The Black Dog, Jewish United Fund
    JK Rowling, Rosie O’Donnell and Sheryl Crow suffer from it; Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain famously lost their fight with it. Depression. There; I have said it, spoken of the Voldemort of diagnoses, The Condition That Shall Not Be Named,
  7. Audiobooks are going Hollywood for classics, Ottawa Citizen
    “And then she went in and did one” (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf). The actors choose a book from a company list. Jackson’s performance of the classic 1960s novel A Rage in Harlem runs nearly 51/2 hours — a mid-range length (which explains why
  8. Ashland theater group forced to take its show on the road, Mail Tribune
    Grizzard is performing a one-woman stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at the center as a fundraiser for the theater. Another production is planned there in August. Grizzard and representatives
  9. An English mansion comes to life in ‘Inheritance’, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
    Another Sackville descendent, famous in her day, was the poet Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), who had an affair with novelist Virginia Woolf (who wrote “Orlando” about her). Her love of Knole was a recipe for heartbreak, for due to the laws of
  10. A good mindset, Business Mirror
    You channel your efforts to have a nose like Nicole Kidman’s, aiming for something like Satine from Moulin Rouge, but you might end with Virginia Woolf from The Hours instead. We know of a few celebrities going under the knife multiple times and end up
  11. The Soul of the New Hacktivist, New York Times
    This week, on one of several Twitter accounts that claim to be affiliated with Anonymous, there came a call to donate money to put up billboards saying “Don’t Mess With the Internet,” alongside put-downs of “traitors” and quotes from Virginia Woolf and
  12. Audiobooks are turning to Hollywood to bring classic novels to life, Deseret News
    “A Rage in Harlem” by Chester Himes; Susan Sarandon performing “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCullers; Kate Winslet performing “Therese Raquin” by Emile Zola; Nicole Kidman performing “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf; and many more.
  13. Piercing performance, Denton Record Chronicle
    This meeting results in a slow-moving confrontation that gradually gains steam, ending in a wild, Virginia Woolf-inspired showdown among the foursome. The dialogue grows nastier, and wittier, as all pretenses of civility disappear.
  14. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner – review, The Guardian
    Lolly Willowes calls for “a life of one’s own” three years before Virginia Woolf’s impassioned cry for a room. “We have more need of you,” she explains to the devil. “Women have such vivid imaginations, and lead such dull lives.
  15. The language of silence finds a voice, Russia Beyond The Headlines
    It is a tension Virginia Woolf identified in “A Room of One’s Own:” Is a book important if it deals with war and not if it deals with “the feelings of women?” Elena Chizhova . Source : ITAR – TASS.
  16. Kyo Maclear isn’t afraid of Virginia Woolf, National Post
    The life of Virginia Woolf does not seem likely to inspire a children’s book; the writer struggled with depression and mental illness for much of her life, and eventually committed suicide at the age of 59. Although she has included references to
  17. Zionism, Meet Feminism, Daily Beast
    In Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf wrote, “As a woman my country is the whole world.” I used to believe this; I thought divisions of nation, race, class, and faith could be trumped by a universalist
  18. Win a weekend’s stay in London to celebrate Dickens 2012, The Guardian
    Situated in the heart of bookish Bloomsbury, an area once home to literary legends such as Virginia Woolf and EM Forster, the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street is London’s literary hotel and remains a tranquil haven from the busy capital,
  19. Canadian author Craig Taylor really listened to create an oral portrait of , Toronto Star
    He’s reading Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, observing old men dozing behind the Times Literary Supplement and intense young novelists. Naturally, the question arises, could a similar book be written about a Canadian city? Imagine, Haligonians.
  20. What We’re Reading, New Yorker (blog)
    Virginia Woolf admitted in her diary that Mansfield’s was “the only writing I have ever been jealous of”; yet Mansfield has never been read widely enough, perhaps because she wrote stories rather than novels, or perhaps because she was a New Zealander
  21. John Carter, Cowfish, Lights, Tosh.O, RhinoTimes.com Greensboro
    The elite of Burroughs’ time, of course, was in the process of destroying literature – this was the era of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, when writing began to be about the writer instead of a subject matter, when writing became a conversation among
  22. Inside Books: Mum’s the word, Spectator.co.uk (blog)
    There’s a similar set up with Mrs Ramsay in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Again, here is a perfect mother, caring for her children and husband above all else. Her overwhelming positivity opens the book, with ‘Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow
  23. Trivial Things To Know About Nicole Kidman [PHOTOS], International Business Times AU
    when she is with ex-hubby Tom Cruise during various awards night. One of her greatest dedication to her craft was for her role as Virginia Woolf in ‘The Hours’ where she trained herself to write with her right hand even if she is really right-handed.
  24. It’s Not Just Rush, Slate Magazine
    Or Virginia Woolf commenting that the wild, moral-flouting Rebecca West looked like a “gypsy.” But the strange thing is that it is still going on. The word slut may not always be explicitly uttered but an amateur anthropologist will note the exact same
  25. So to Speak | Joe Blundo commentary: For his bracket, two planets align — but , Columbus Dispatch
    But, because I don’t know Virginia Commonwealth from Virginia Woolf, I decided not to confine myself to basketball. Which will last longer? The smart money is still on eternity. But if Mitt Romney keeps whiffing on the knockout punch, who knows?
  26. After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses, New York Times (blog)
    including Arnold Palmer (who wrote the entry on the Masters tournament) and Panthea Reid, professor emeritus at Louisiana State University and author of the biography “Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf” (who wrote about Virginia Woolf).
  27. Audiobooks are going Hollywood, Los Angeles Times
    “And then she went in and did one” (“Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf). The actors usually choose a book from a list provided by the company. Jackson’s performance of the classic 1960s con novel “A Rage in Harlem” runs nearly 51/2 hours — a midrange
  28. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich Need a Lesson in Women’s History, U.S. News & World Report (blog)
    Rick Santorum or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ever read Virginia Woolf? Do they even know who Margaret Sanger is? What about the spitfire Quaker Alice Paul? She led the women suffrage movement to victory over seven or more years of struggle.
  29. The 20th century through the eyes and ears of the BBC, MiamiHerald.com
    Under “British Novelists,” the chronological DVD starts in 1919 and includes Evelyn Waugh (“Brideshead Revisited”) and has the only voice recording made of writer Virginia Woolf. Episode two’s “The Age of Anxiety, 1945-1969” has JRR Tolkien (“The Lord
  30. #Ididnotreport that these streets do not belong to me, EastLondonLines
    But #Ididnotreport has given new levels of depth to Virginia Woolf’s belief that: “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” Anonymous is still a woman, but now faceless interaction has allowed us to share and assimilate in a way never before

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Vara Neverow and Kristin Czarnecki, editors of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, have issued a call for papers for the fall 2013 issue, #84.

The theme is Woolf and animals. From the animal nicknames she shared with loved ones; to the purchase of “a beautiful cat, a Persian cat” with her first earnings as a writer; from the cawing rooks in To the Lighthouse to the complex life of Flush to the disturbing animal imagery in Between the Acts, animals play a key role in Woolf’s life and writing.

The editors invite submissions discussing animals in Woolf both fictional and actual. They also welcome articles that align Woolf with animal elements in the work and lives of others.

Please send papers of up to 2,500 words to: Kristin Czarnecki at kristin_czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu and Vara Neverow neverowv1@southernct.edu by Feb. 1, 2013.

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The slogan “Keep calm and carry on” is now appearing on everything from coffee mugs to note pads. I have both. But where did it come from?

As this PBS video shows, the slogan originated on a propaganda poster during World War II, but the poster itself was never displayed publicly.

Watching this video led me to think about Virginia Woolf and propaganda, and that thought led me to Mark Wollaeger’s book Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative From 1900 To 1945 (2006). It  provides an excellent discussion of Woolf’s views on the subject — and the ways she struggles with propaganda in her novels.

As Wollaeger puts it, Woolf thought of modernism as antithetical to propaganda, and her goal was to steer clear of it. He mentions, for example, that while writing “The Pargiters,” she wrote that “this fiction is dangerously near propaganda, I must keep my hands clear” (D4 300).

Woolf avoids polemic when she explores the subject of war in Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927), but in his book, Wollaeger focuses on a seemingly unlikely choice for an exploration of Woolf and propaganda, her first novel, The Voyage Out (1915). In this novel, according to Wollaeger, Woolf is engaged in a developing struggle between her own emerging modernism and “the propaganda of everyday life,” also known as the “propaganda of conformity” (73). It is a struggle in which Rachel Vinrace engages as she endeavors to discover a pure native culture in South America while still being mentally immersed in the colonial culture — and popular culture — of England.

Wollaeger explains the difficulty Rachel would have had in thinking for herself — and differentiating between national identity as reinforced by her community and calculated manipulation as perpetrated by powerful institutions — after having grown up in an environment saturated by the propaganda disseminated by mass media. In this category he includes picture postcards, which became a craze at the turn of the twentieth century, along with ads; cigarette cards; newspapers and posters.

So while Woolf directly engages with the idea of war propaganda in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, in The Voyage Out, she does something different. She explores the subtly intrusive ways that modern propaganda invades everyday life in ways one does not consciously recognize.

 

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Did you know? Ethel Smyth, a friend of Virginia Woolf’s and a political activist and composer, once tried to substitute a birdcage for a corset?

She was cycling to visit Woolf at Monk’s House when she became anxious that she was not wearing a corset. So she dropped into a village shop and bought a birdcage. Later, she was discovered by other Monk’s House guests trying to put it on while hiding in a row of hedges.

See her plate designed by Judy Chicago for The Dinner Party. No birdcages included.

 

 

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This week’s Woolf sightings include Woolf novels read by famous voices #21-23, Woolf as a top 10 Sheba #30 and Woolf in a graphic novel #56.

  1. Audacious, enjoyable bilingual co-production from Scottish and Québécois companies, The List
    The eponymous heroine of this enjoyable co-production between Scotland’s Stellar Quines and Québécois company Imago Théâtre is one of those everlasting figures present throughout history, a cross between Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Dr Who, ..
  2. American Mavericks review: ‘Barstow’ a highlight, San Francisco Chronicle
    The first performance of Morton Subotnick’s monodrama “Jacob’s Room” wound up Sunday’s concert, a somber and dramatically static treatment of both Virginia Woolf and Nicholas Gage’s war memoir “Eleni” with La Barbara as soloist.
  3. The Monday Book: Pantheon by Sam Bourne, The Independent
    he is encountering passionate advocates of the theory of eugenics — notions of perfecting the race seriously entertained by such 20th-century intellectuals as Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, HG Wells, John Maynard Keynes and Virginia Woolf.
  4. Pens and ink still have the write stuff, Global Edmonton
    The research began when Bishop looked into how some small, private presses had published books by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. He asked a librarian for the go-to text on ink, and was told there wasn’t one. “That’s kind of where the seed was planted.
  5. Q&A: Alison Bechdel, Author of Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, Library Journal
    This is your To the Lighthouse, though, in the way that you intercut so many people’s biographies—from Winnicott’s to Virginia Woolf’s. Your voracious synthesis of seemingly disparate sources is a clear sign that you’re a novelist.
  6. The Best-Laid Teaching Schemes, Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
    When we’re covering James Joyce in 50 minutes on Monday, Virginia Woolf on Wednesday, and TS Eliot on Friday, are we really helping them learn content that they understand, that matters to them, and that will remain in their brains beyond the span of
  7. The first ‘maverick’ chamber music program, Examiner.com
    The point of departure was Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name, but with excursions into Eleni, Nicholas Gage’s 1983 memoir of his mother’s execution during the Greek civil war. Here, again, La Barbara’s amplification seemed to work against the
  8. Book events, Arizona Daily Star
    Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.” Presented by Bill Fry. 10 am-noon. March 15. Free. 229-5300. Main Library Book Club – Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan. Noon-1 pm March 15. Free. 791-4010.
  9. “Eernal Equinox” – Where Love, Freedom and Art Mingle, Examiner.com
    “Eternal Equinox,” a Grove Theater Center production at 59E59 Theaters, takes place in 1923 on an imagined day in the life of artist Vanessa Bell (wife of Clive Bell, a man of many mistresses, and sister to Virginia Woolf), played by Hollis McCarthy,
  10. Florence + the Machine, Alexandra Palace, The Arts Desk
    a song about having pockets full of stones, and suddenly you realise where you’ve seen that statuesque beauty (I think the preferred euphemism is “Roman”) and the rather strictly tied back hairdo: it’s mad old Virginia Woolf, everybody!
  11. What’s family dinner without spite and booze?, Winnipeg Free Press
    It could be renamed Long Day’s Journey With Virginia Woolf on a Hot Tin Roof for the profane frankness with which the brood’s alcoholism, drug addiction, incest and suicide is revealed. What stands out is the gleeful nastiness on display that has the
  12. Flourish at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, This is Plymouth
    work includes choreography/performance by Saffy Setohy, dramaturgy by Alicia Grace, sound by Nick Mott and video by Charlotte Jackman. Shore-Line was inspired by the female soliloquies and coastal themes in the literary work of Virginia Woolf.
  13. A Shed of One’s Own: middle age as a rolling series of crises, The National
    Just as Virginia Woolf’s room for women was not a real room, so Marcus Berkmann’s shed for middle-aged men is a metaphor. The problem with middle age, he feels, is that the detritus of modern life offers little mental respite.
  14. Naked truth: Lust isn’t always more, New York Post
    Set at Charleston, the country home shared by the unmarried lovers Bell and Grant — and a meeting place for Bell’s sister, Virginia Woolf, and EM Forster, among others — the play takes place in 1923, the year before Mallory (Christian Pedersen) makes
  15. Audible Launches New Audiobook Series Featuring Hollywood Stars, Huffington Post
    Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. Each audiobook costs $14.95 and lasts several hours – in the case of Kate Winslet’s reading of “Therese Raquin” by Emile Zola, eight of them. • Annette Bening reading “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf.
  16. About the British Library’s current exhibition, The Guardian
    Featuring a range of stunning items, some of which have never been seen before, Writing Britain will draw on the breadth of the Library’s collections to explore how writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf and Hanif Kureishi have been
  17. Unconventional ‘Carmen’ photos take center stage at Charles Krause/Reporting , Washington Post
    Most of the 11 women’s names are from ancient times and sources, although a few derive from feminist icons of more recent vintage: pioneering 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, “A Room of One’s Own” author Virginia Woolf and “The Girl With the
  18. The Black Sheep of Broadway, New York Post
    This domestic drama sounds straight out of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-but it’s a real-life saga, pulled from New York State Supreme Court records chronicling the war between Eric Nederlander and his soon-to-be ex-wife,
  19. Criminal charges filed against 4 Occupy Cal protestors, Berkeleyside
    I participated in the Occupy Cal rally on Sproul Plaza on November 9 (my sign, “We’re Afraid for Virginia Woolf,” made it to the Daily Cal’s top 10) and stayed for the general assembly. The organizers of Occupy Cal asked those who were willing to stay
  20. A Room of One’s Own addresses women’s rights, Georgia Today (subscription)
    The title comes from English writer Virginia Woolf’s book-length essay of the same name according to which “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to make something worthy.” The exhibition is conceptually designed to fit the feminist
  21. Anne Hathaway, Samuel L. Jackson and other celebrities record books for Audible, New York Daily News (blog)
    Even more exciting is the forthcoming Colin Firth version of Graham Greene’s “The End of the Affair” and Nicole Kidman’s “To the Lighthouse,” the Virginia Woolf masterpiece. There will also be recordings by Naomi Watts (“Summer,” by Edith Wharton),
  22. Audible Launches New Series With Famous Voices, Publishers Weekly
    The titles are available as part of Audible’s membership, which lets subscribers download any single book for free with a 30-day trial, and after that is $14.95 a month. Annette Bening reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
  23. Google to Add Audiobooks to Google Play, Good E-Reader (blog)
    Some examples include – Naomi Watts (”Summer,” by Edith Wharton), Dustin Hoffman (”Being There,” by Jerzy Kosinski), Annette Bening (”Mrs. Dalloway,” by Virginia Woolf), Samuel L. Jackson (”A Rage in Harlem,” by Chester Himes) and Kim Basinger (”The
  24. The feminisation of madness is crazy, The Guardian
    a world that equates female genius too closely with insanity: from the madwoman in the attic in Jane Eyre and Shakespeare’s Ophelia to Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dorothy Parker – maybe even Amy Winehouse.
  25. We Take Care of Right-Wing Nonsense about Bruce…, The Nation. (blog)
    Acorn’s documentary line Athena, of IN THEIR OWN WORDS, a series which features interviews and short readings by Sigmund Freud, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, Evelyn Waugh, among many others, and the only surviving voice recording of Virginia Woolf.
  26. Come on, women, let’s stop sweating the small stuff, Irish Independent
    Virginia Woolf’s essay, ‘A Room of One’s Own’, proposes the theory that women lacked power because they had neither the time, space or financial independence to think. More than 80 years later, women remain absent from seats of power.
  27. Slideshow: Southease – picture-book pretty, Sussex Express
    Interestingly the body of Sussex writer Virginia Woolf was found at Asham Wharf, on the east bank of the Ouse, to the north of the bridge, after she committed suicide. The village enjoys several community events during the year, including the Spring
  28. Oscar’s checkered past, Bennington Banner
    Sandy Dennis gave her “Virginia Woolf” Oscar to her business manager, whether out of kindness or the wish to make a subtly damning statement is anyone’s guess. Not having seen any of the major winners, I’m afraid I can’t comment on the results of the
  29. Fun between the covers with long-dead strangers, The Canberra Times
    I was recently reading the memoirs of Leonard Woolf, the publisher, author, and husband to Virginia. At one point, he wrote of his wife’s madness, arguing that there is no easy split between sanity and insanity. ”Everyone,” he wrote in Beginning ..
  30. Top 10 Sheiks and Shebas of the 1920s from Vixen author Jillian Larkin, Sugarscape
    I would settle back into a booth and imagine Virginia Woolf on my left and EM Forster on my right. I still can’t get over how many remarkable people hit their professional peaks within the same marvelous decade! With that in mind, I’ve put together a
  31. Fitzrovia goes Ga Ga goo, Fitzrovia News
    From Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf to Malcolm McLaren (the founder of the Sex Pistols,) by way of Dylan Thomas and Oscar Wilde, many have moved to Fitzrovia to seek their muse. Here at FN our humble team now wonders where the 25 year old New
  32. Queer Girl City Guide: Brighton, UK, Autostraddle
    Also apparently Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita had sexytime here! The safest go-to club night is “Girls on Top” on Thursdays at Revenge. The club is the biggest gay dancing establishment in the South East of England and attracts hundreds of girls
  33. Pay gap between women and men: EU must act, says opinion poll, European Parliament (press release)
    Mr Gustafsson said: “Virginia Woolf spoke out about the importance for women to have a room of one’s own. It is less well known that she also spoke out about the need for women to have money of their own. It was true then – and it is true today.
  34. Devotionals of Planets and Pop, New York Times
    Singing in an assertive yet girlish coo with a fluidity that attested to lessons in Indian devotional music, Ms. Holter effectively pared down songs that converse knowingly with Virginia Woolf and Frank O’Hara, preserving their lyrical integrity and
  35. We have to see to it if being a slut is that easy, Hurriyet Daily News (press release)
    As Virginia Woolf has always said, we will write without thinking what men would say. Both for the woman in Iraq, and also for the woman in the Aegean,” explained Hangül as she described their road map. They will write because in our country women are
  36. Uncollected Collections: John Updike’s ‘Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism’, PopMatters
    This segues into a series of reviews that edify both the lay reader and would-be critic: of the biographer Hermione Lee, Updike suggests she personally prefers Virginia Woolf to Edith Wharton, a subtle indicator of how very well read Updike was.
  37. Daniel Land & The Modern Painters Announce New Album, Altsounds.com
    Other literary references that occur throughout the album are too numerous to mention but Daniel identifies the likes of Virginia Woolf, Edmund White, Pier Vittorio Tondelli, Joseph Olshan, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and, ‘erm, Stephen King’ as
  38. Iranians to learn about The Grotesque, Iran Book News Agency
    Farzaneh Taheri has translated theoretic and literary books such as ‘Metaphor’ by Terence Hawkes, ‘Expressionism’ by RS Furness, ‘Literary Theory: a very short introduction’ by Jonathan Culler, ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ by Virginia Woolf, ‘Structuralism in
  39. In Their Own Words, DVD Talk
    The first episode, “Among the Ruins: 1919-1939,” goes into some depth on the Virginia Woolf-encircling Bloomsbury Group, which also encompassed some of the other great novelists of the period, such as EM Forster (A Passage to India, Howards End) and
  40. The Depressing Reality of Women Directed Films in 2012, Indie Wire (blog)
    Your argument is the old, tired, worn-out drivel addressed nearly a hundred years ago by Virginia Woolf (Please catch up! It’s pathetic that I’m having to repeat something written by Woolf so long ago in response to the same sad, tired arguments
  41. Creativity may save us from tide of technology, The Independent
    She was cycling to visit Virginia Woolf in Rodmel, Sussex, but felt anxious about her lack of a corset. So she dropped into a shop in a local village and bought a birdcage. She was later found, by other arriving lunch guests, in a hedgerow,
  42. Media Release: 1000 National Treasures Captured in New Edition of The Most , PR Web (press release)
    Heritage destinations like the Astor family’s London mansion Two Temple Place or Virginia Woolf’s own rooms at Monk’s House, join recent attractions like Glasgow’s stunning and futuristic Riverside Transport Museum and the Turner Contemporary on the
  43. Boris is better at his job than fighting elections battles, Evening Standard
    Ever since Virginia Woolf, the liberal Left have been in anguish over their relationships with their staff. But friendship can be a cover for unreasonable demands. In Los Angeles, for instance, Mexican “friends” look to me to be closer to slave labour.
  44. HOME EXCHANGE – MAKING THE LONDON OLYMPICS AFFORDABLE, TravPR.com (press release)
    In short, it may not be haunted by the ghost of Virginia Woolf, but at least it’s not haunted! Moreover, its location makes it ideal to get to the Olympic park – this really being a major bonus.” Gloria, Joe and daughter, Harper are exchanging their
  45. Women who write and the androgyny of great writing, Sunday’s Zaman
    “We all need heroes, but we don’t need heroes of whom we are uncritical, because unless we criticize them we can’t find the heroism in ourselves,” the 64 –year-old author said, adding: “When Virginia Woolf came to İstanbul at the age of twenty-four,
  46. New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media, New York Times (blog)
    Founded in 1914 by the political journalist Walter Lippmann, it has long been a part of the liberal movement, counting presidents as readers, including John F. Kennedy, and luminaries as writers, including George Orwell, Virginia Woolf and Philip Roth.
  47. Local composer Argento honored by University of Maryland, Pioneer Press
    Many of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s most famous pieces will be performed, including “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” “Miss Manners on Music” and “A Water Bird Talk.” The festival reaches its peak between April 20 and 29, when 20 events
  48. Alain de Botton’s Desert Island Books, Huffington Post UK (blog)
    I’d love to go on holiday with Virginia Woolf. She’d be super observant, catty, fun – and (on good day) excellent company. We’d gossip about our fellow guests in a hotel, eavesdrop on people in shops and (perhaps) try some jetskiing, which Woolf would
  49. ‘Friends with Kids’, Lackluster Comedy, College Times
    We’re talking Virginia Woolf levels of bitterness, pent up frustrated and barely masked hatred. Doesn’t sound like it fits inside a romantic comedy? It doesn’t. Unfortunately, it’s also the best part of this movie. One scene does not make a film.
  50. March of the women: discovering classical music’s forgotten voices, The Guardian
    Virginia Woolf said you need £500 per year and a room with a lock on the door if you’re going to write fiction. How much more is that the case when you’re composing music where to make a gesture that lasts a split second could take you two weeks,
  51. A Life’s Profusion of Blooms, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    Mr. Goodwin, who is renowned for his graduate seminars on the Bloomsbury Group — paintings by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and tiles from Virginia Woolf’s garden table are tucked about the house — strolled into the garden at sunset.
  52. Review for flats plan at Conan Doyle’s Undershaw, Get Surrey
    He entertained notable figures there, including Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, and Virginia Woolf. Conan Doyle built the house so his wife, who was suffering from tuberculosis, could benefit from a healthy environment and
  53. A Tribute to Mary…, About – News & Issues
    Besides being the “mother of feminism,” she’s famous as the mother of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), and for inspiring other women like Virginia Woolf. Mary Wollstonecraft died shortly after giving birth to her daughter, but she left behind a
  54. A day in the life of… Virginia Woolf, Student Direct
    Rachel Longworth spends 24 hours as the Bloomsbury behemoth, but stops short of hurling herself into a lake. A panda eats, shoots and leaves to extinction? I woke up in the morning- it was a splendid morning too, looked out of my window,
  55. The killer comeback, Times LIVE
    David Cecil, Desmond Tutu, Khanyi Mbau, Nelson Mandela and Virginia Woolf – oh, stuff the order – these people, big and small, dead and alive, have uttered some of my favourite retorts. Period. Forget Winston Churchill, who had such a flair for this
  56. Graphic Novels & Art-Comics – March 2012, A.V. Club New York
    But the most devastating story in Athos In America is “The Brain That Wouldn’t Virginia Woolf,” in which the love affair between a bickering couple—a scientist and his wife’s disembodied head—is told backward, beginning in bitter acrimony and then
  57. “When in Doubt, Seduce”, New York Magazine
    “Alex North stood up to the studio for me on Virginia Woolf … try this tres leches flavor, it’s delicious … can you make that trumpet get louder and louder?” His response to the music is no less acute for the cloud of doughnut dust it emerges from;
  58. Film fest to mark 75th International Women’s Day, Times of India
    The Hours, Stephen Daldry’s award-winning American drama, featuring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, depicts three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway.
  59. Did Michael Jackson Have Autism?, Autism Key (blog)
    It has been speculated that Virginia Woolf, William Shakespeare, Hans Christian Anderson, Goethe, Alexander Graham Bell, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great and Leonardo da Vinci all had some form of autism.
  60. I’ll Just Admit It… Why I’m Not a Patriot, Patheos (blog)
    This is the first line of a Virginia Woolf quote, ” As a woman I have no country. as a woman my country is the whole world”. A small part of my worried that some might assume I am denouncing the US and all it has afforded me. Hardly.
  61. Eat Like a Peasant and Other Ways to Slash Your Grocery Bill, SecondAct (satire) (blog)
    I agree with Virginia Woolf, who famously said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” And for most of us, dining well just means taking a little extra time to properly season and cook simple foods.

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