Where I live, winter has been mild this year. Until recently, that is. This week we were hit with five inches of snow, frigid temperatures, and high winds. Farther east, it was worse. So when I came across this Woolf quote, it seemed appropriate to post today.
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The year 2014 has started off right, with writers citing Virginia Woolf heading into the new year.
A writer for Delaware’s Cape Gazette uses the following famous quote of Woolf’s in a story looking back on 2013 dining experiences: ““One cannot think well, love well or sleep well if one has not dined well.”
And a story in the Tampa Bay Times, “Five things you need to know before ‘Downton Abbey’ returns Sunday,” holds out hope that Woolf will appear in a cameo role during season four of the popular PBS soap opera. But we have heard that her appearance ended up on the cutting room floor.
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Today is Virginia Woolf’s birthday. It is now 131 years since she was born on Jan. 25, 1882, at 12:15 p.m., in Kensington, London, and birthday wishes are coming to her from around the globe, courtesy of the Web.
In honor of her special day, the Christian Science Monitor has put up this post: Virginia Woolf: 10 quotes on her birthday. The piece credits her for having made a “major impact on the shaping of the modern novel” and being “an early advocate of women’s rights.”
And the New York Public Library has selections of Woolf’s novels that you can read online in celebration. Just add cake.
HuffPost Books has the Woolf quote graphic at top right, which I found thanks to my friend Margaret of Kent State University, posted on its Facebook page.
Bloggers who have posted birthday wishes include the Book Riot and this blog. And Lifelounge has put together a Virginia Woolf mixtape in honor of her 131st, along with this note of thanks, “Hey VW, thanks for writing all kinds of things we didn’t know how to say! Also, how did you live to 131?”
If you live near London or Wilton, Conn., you can also attend one of these celebrations:
- The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain is holding a Burns Night/Woolf Supper: Birthday Thoughts on Virginia Woolf and Scotland. The 14th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture will be given by Jane Goldman on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Tiffany Room of the Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square, London WC1. For society members only. Blogger Amber Regis attended last year’s lecture, given by Michael Whitworth, and wrote about it.
- A marathon reading of the 114 pages of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own Saturday, Jan. 26., at the Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. in Wilton, Conn.
Here is what sounds like a birthday wishes, as articulated by Woolf in her short story, “The String Quartet,” which is included in Monday or Tuesday (1921):
Iwant to dance, laugh, eat pink cakes, drink thin, sharp wine. Or an indecent story, now—I could relish that. The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
Read more about past birthday celebrations for Virginia:
- Around the Web on the occasion of Virginia’s 130th birthday
- Marking Virginia Woolf’s birthday
- Happy birthday, dear Virginia, in music
- Tea party and book swap celebrate Virginia’s birthday
- Come to belated NYC birthday tea for Virginia
- Happy birthday, dear Virginia
- Celebrate Virginia’s birthday with Freshwater
So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages, or only for hours, nobody can say. ~ Virginia Woolf, SSC Patron Saint, A Room of One’s Own
The quote above and the photo at right introduce an email from Shakespeare’s Sister Company announcing its Aug. 6 production of emerging playwright, Shellen Lubin’s, new full-length play, War Orphan.
Featuring Cynthia Enfield, Anthony J. Fusco, Matthew Gandolfo, Kris Lundberg and Susan Merson, War Orphan explores two friends’ journeys through love, family and sexual identity from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Showtime is 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street (between Clinton and Attorney). The event is free and is for audience members 21 and over.
It is week seven in the company’s 2012 emerging women playwrights reading series. The final reading of the series will be Aug. 13 and will feature the company’s Artistic Director, Kris Lundberg’s, Muse.
The Shakespeare’s Sister Company is a not-for-profit theater organization dedicated to women in the arts.