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Ever since the holidays, I have felt a disturbance in the Force, the Force of Virginia Woolf in the Universe. From mid-December until now, the number of Woolf sightings has diminished greatly. At times, they have even disappeared.

I don’t know what to make of this unusual development, but take heart. Woolf has broken new ground. This month, her novel To the Lighthouse has been credited with inspiring a video game (4). And I have heard talk that an Israeli Woolf has been sighted (13).

  1. Showing her funny side: British Library to release Virginia Woolf’s last The Independent
    The British Library is to show the mischievous and comic side to Virginia Woolf, with the release of her last unpublished work later this year. The 90-year old writings dubbed The Charleston Bulletin Supplements will be published for the first time in 
  2. Virginia Woolf’s fun side revealedThe Guardian
    An affectionate, mischievous side to Virginia Woolf is set to be revealed in the author’s last unpublished work, a series of 90-year-old family vignettes that will be released for the first time this summer. The Charleston Bulletin was a family 
  3. Virginia Woolf and other great literary cooksThe Guardian (blog)
    When the US food-and-lit blog Paper and Salt (paperandsalt.org) last week published a recipe for a cottage loaf as Virginia Woolf might have cooked it, other sites linked to it eagerly, suggesting America is at least as baking-mad as we are. Even more 
  4. How Virginia Woolf inspired Far Cry 3Shacknewsvideo game
    What was the reasoning behind making such a compelling character leave the narrative so early? Lead writer Jeffrey Yohalem explained that Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse inspired that decision. In Woolf’s novel, “the main character dies in the 
  5. Watch Patti Smith Read From Virginia Woolf, And Hear The Only Surviving Huffington Post
    In the video above, poet, artist, National Book Award winner, and “godmother of punk” Patti Smith reads a selection from Virginia Woolf’s 1931 experimental novel The Waves, accompanied on piano and guitar by her daughter Jesse and son Jackson.
  6. Was the first world war accompanied by a rising literary nationalism?The Guardian (blog)
    In one of the talks this weekend, Rachel Bowlby will discuss Virginia Woolf’s justly famous essay from 1923 (pdf), “Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown”, and take on her teasing contention that “on or about December 1910, human character changed”. I can’t imagine Read more about The Rest is Noise event at Southbank Centre, London, on Feb. 2 that included Woolf.
  7. Book News: Alice’s Appeal, Virginia’s Pastime, New Yorker (blog)awritersdiary_woolf-1
    Virginia Woolf
     on the virtues of keeping a diary. Data analysis of literary works reveals Jane Austen and Walter Scott tobe the most influential authors of the nineteenth century. A new digital edition of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl 
  8. Happy birthday, Virginia WoolfLos Angeles Times
    Today is the 131st anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s birth. Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf! Woolf was a groundbreaking writer, an incisive critic and a catalyst for the modernist movement in British letters. Among her most significant works are the 
  9. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF’S BIRTHDAYThe Hour
    Legendary British author, Virginia Woolf was born on January 25, 1882. On January 26, 2013 her birthday will be celebrated in a most auspicious way at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton. 20 actors have been scheduled to read from 
  10. Virginia Woolf and NeuropsychiatryPhys.Org (press release)
    Virginia Woolf and Neuropsychiatry, written by Maxwell Bennett, one of the leaders in the field of Vw and neuropsychiatryneurosciences, provides an explanation of the symptoms and untimely suicide of one of literature’s greatest authors, Virginia Woolf. The sources used are 
  11. Jaipur Literature Festival 2013: I am proud to be related to Virginia Woolf Zee News
    On Day 1 of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013, Resham Sengar of Zeenews.com managed to have a quick chat with William Dalrymple who also happens to be the festival’s co-director. Read on to know what he said about being related to Virginia Woolf, his 
  12. A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf – reviewThe Guardian
    “Greetings! my dear ghost,” Virginia Woolf addresses her older self whom she imagines might one day read the diary entry she is writing. The pages are haunted with such hypothetical selves but also with her fictional characters as they are brought into…
  13. The Israeli Virginia WoolfHaaretz
    “I am holding a book by the Israeli Virginia Woolf,” she announced. “You must write about it!” She handed then editor Benjamin Tammuz the first novel by Yael Medini, “Kavim U’keshatot” (“Arcs and Traces” ). Tammuz held Kahana-Carmon – a revered author 
  14. The joyous transgressions of Virginia Woolf’s OrlandoNew Statesman
    In Orlando (1928), Virginia Woolf did away with the usual co-ordinates of biography and set off through time as though it were an element, not a dimension. The story is simple: Orlando is a young nobleman, aged 16, in the reign of Elizabeth I. After a 

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So many Woolf sightings and so little time. I found both of these on the Virginia Woolf author Facebook page, which is not to be confused with my own Virginia Woolf Facebook page noted in the right sidebar.

The first find is a 13 x 9-inch print of an artist’s illustration of the Virginia Woolf quote, “There is no denying the wild horse in us.” Titled “Horse,” it’s for sale in the artist’s Etsy shop, Obvious State, for $24.

As the New York artist Evan Robertson explains, “I took little snippets of text and ideas from some of my favorite authors (with some notable exceptions that I’m saving), and let the words be a springboard for an illustration. The illustrations incorporate and interact with the text and hopefully add up to something that engages the mind as much as the eye.”

He has completed 23 of a planned 50 illustrations following that scheme.

The second is a drawing by Ellie Curtis that is based on Woolf’s novel The Waves. She, too, has an Etsy shop, and the fabrics you will find there seem reminiscent of the Bloomsbury Group. But why not? The designer lives in London.

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I sure wish I could be in Fort Collins, Colo., today for the day-long community reading of Virginia Woolf’s 1931 masterpiece The Waves.

Today is the first annual international Wavesday, which is modeled on Bloomsday, the event held in Dublin on June 16 each year to celebrate James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Organizers differentiate the Woolf event by saying it will have “less early-morning boozing and more grammatical coherence.”

Wavesday begins at 9 a.m. and runs until evening. During that time, The Waves will be read in its entirety at nine locations, one for each section of the novel. The day will end with a potluck feast in the late evening.

A special thanks to Blogging Woolf reader Roberta Rubenstein for sharing this news. She was in Fort Collins on Sunday but wasn’t able to stay for Wavesday.

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On a regular basis, members of the VWoolf Listserv post queries. Jane Garrity, associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, recently asked for tips about resources for Katie Mitchell’s Waves, her 2006 multi-media stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s eponymous novel.

Today, she sent an email sharing the “wonderful suggestions” she received. I am posting them here, along with a National Theater video about the production itself.

  • The book, Waves, sold by the National Theater bookshop, contains many great photographs and the text of the production.
  • You can listen online to a Platform event podcast in which director Katie Mitchell discusses the production.
  • A resource pack on Waves by the National Theater’s Discover Department is available for free download. Download this file: Waves_workpack.pdf.
  • A research pack containing photocopies of the programme, approximately 10 national newspaper reviews and a small selection of production shots is available to purchase from the Archive for £7.00 (VAT and international postage included). To order, contact Suzanne Doolin, the National Theatre Archive Assistant, at sdoolin@nationaltheatre.org.uk.

Garrity also wrote that, “According to Suzanne Doolin, no visual recording of Waves is available now–though this is being discussed. She writes:`It is seldom that we release recordings commercially – filming a show to the standard expected by a group, or home viewing public, is an expensive business and is beyond our standard production budgets. Such filming must be carefully weighed with the fact that the works are created for a live and relatively intimate audience, cameras alter the nature of a performance.

“`We have made a number of commercial releases in the past in partnership with commercial distributors, and you’ll be pleased to know we are exploring the technicalities of an ‘educational release only’ phase as an initial step. With the huge popularity of NT Live, we are also considering the potential for later DVD sales of such broadcasts, however there are numerous legal, and artistic implications which must be navigated amongst the many involved groups and this is something which takes time.'”

Doolin said the National Theatre Archive holds visual recordings of all NT productions from mid 1995 onwards that are made available to view in the archive upon appointment.

Read more about the Mitchell production of Waves on Blogging Woolf:

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No, not really, I’m just making a playful leap.

I read a wide assortment of literary journals for the purpose of finding appropriate targets for my own creative nonfiction. Among them, though far beyond my present aspirations, is The American Scholar, the publication of Phi Beta Kappa.

A writer friend, my mentor and model, has the talent and the good fortune to have been published there a number of times, and I’ve found it to be a brilliant periodical. It’s no surprise, then, to come across Woolf in its august pages, cited twice in the Spring 2011 issue.

Doris Grumbach writes with wit and wisdom about old age in “The View from 90,” taken from her memoir, Downhill Almost All the Way, (ironic in itself, considering Leonard Woolf’s volume of autobiography, Downhill All the Way).

She tells of Somerset Maugham being asked to speak on the virtues of being old. He stood at the podium and said, “I cannot think of one,” then stepped down.

The elderly commune together socially to combat their segregation from the general population, Grumbach says, and notes that “In Mrs. Dalloway someone says that parties are held ‘to cover the silence.’”

Also in the issue is a collection of quotations on Patience collected by Anne Matthews. Along with passages from Marcus Aurelius, Walt Whitman, Garrison Keillor and others, she includes the following from The Waves:

“Certainly one cannot read this poem without effort. The page is often corrupt and mud-stained, and torn and stuck together with faded leaves, with scraps of verbena or geranium…One must put aside antipathies and jealousies and not interrupt. One must have patience and infinite care and let the light sound, whether of spiders’ delicate feet on a leaf or the chuckle of water in some irrelevant drainpipe, unfold too.”

These sightings that I stumble across, that seem to merge different areas of my life, are the ones I enjoy the most–they give me a sense of continuity and reinforcement. And as we discover repeatedly and see in the sheer numbers as well as the broad range of the sightings that Paula posts so prolifically, Virginia Woolf’s after-life is unending.

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Artist McKenna Kemp has designed clean, fresh book jackets for three of Virginia Woolf’s stream of consciousness novels.

The white jackets feature simple typography. Their graphics — in yellow, grey and green — highlight the interior narrative aspect of the novels, as well as the focus of each. The artist says her covers for Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and The Waves also recognize the much earlier dust jacket designs by Vanessa Bell.

Kemp designed the jackets last April as a creative, rather than a commercial, project.

If you are interested, you can follow McKenna Kemp’s work on the Behance Network, which showcases the work of creative professionals, according to its website.

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VW Diary Vol. 5Once again, Virginia Woolf has said it for me – her words expressing my mind far better than I can do it myself. Thinking about the new year and what it might mean for me, I thought I would see what Woolf had to say. I found two witty and wonderful examples in her diary.

January 2, 1931:
Here are my resolutions for the next 3 months; the next lap of the year.
To have none. Not to be tied.
To be free & kindly with myself, not goading it to parties: to sit rather privately reading in the studio.
To make a good job of The Waves.
To stop irritation by the assurance that nothing is worth irritation [referring to Nelly].
Sometimes to read, sometimes not to read.
To go out yes—but stay at home in spite of being asked.
As for clothes, to buy good ones.

January 4, 1936:
To read as few weekly papers…as possible [until The Years is finished];
to fill my brain with remote books & habits;
altogether to be as fundamental & as little superficial, to be as physical & as little apprehensive, as possible.

Five years apart, these entries have a common theme – reminders of what’s important: her work and well-being, an appreciation of simplicity. And that works for me too. Happy New Year!

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