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Back in January, in response to Blogging Woolf’s tweet about a Virginia Woolf punch, Maggie Humm tweeted about Virginia Woolf and wine, saying she had a list of Woolf quotes referencing the fermented beverage.

The emeritus professor at the University of East London provided them at our request, apologizing for the lack of complete citations. Grateful for her contribution, we gladly forgive her.

The quotes, said Maggie, a Woolf scholar and author, were on a brief list she sent to the Tate for the launch of her 2006 book Snapshots of Bloomsbury, at the London Review of Books.

We share them with you here — and raise a glass to Virginia Woolf, with love on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Woolf quotes on wine

  • 1936 to Ethel Smyth the feminist composer: ‘Oh and the champagne! How I like it.
  • 1937 to Vita Sackville-West: ‘shant I be thankful to be in a courtyard in France, listening to a nightingale, drinking red wine, while you are curtseying & singing God Save the King’.
  • 1938 to Quentin Bell: ‘Wine would be a passport to my heart, its true’.
  • 1939 to Ethel Smyth: ‘How it liberates the soul to drink a bottle of good wine daily & sit in the sun’.
  • 1929 Cassis: ‘Nessa’s villa…a delicious life, with a great deal of wine, cheap cigars, conversation’.
  • 1931 to Ethel Smyth from Bergerac (Woolf likes Bergerac wine): `Just dined off eels, artichokes and wine – slightly tipsy’.
  • 1940 Diary: ‘All the young English drink spirits. I like wine. Air raids much less’.
  • 1931 Diary: ‘Wine at lunch flushes me & floats me’.
  • Room of One’s Own: ‘I blandly told them to drink wine and have a room of their own’.

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Most of the reactions below come via Twitter, where “Life in Squares” was a trending topic after the first episode aired last night with an audience of between 1.85 and 1.9 million UK viewers.

In the aftermath, one must-read review is by Frances Spalding, acclaimed biographer of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Her piece on The Conversation website is titled “Life in Squares: how the radical Bloomsbury Group fares on screen.”

Here’s a quote from it:

Her despairing cry may be echoed by some viewers of the BBC’s three-part series Life in Squares, for the Bloomsbury Group attracts many detractors as well as legions of devotees. — Frances Spalding

Be sure to click on the comments below to read Maggie Humm’s assessment of Spalding’s review, along with her own insights.

Family reaction

Before the official premiere, Emma Woolf, great-niece of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, penned her reaction for The Daily Mail: “How TV’s got my aunt Virginia Woolf so wrong.”

And Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter, Cressida Bell, posted this on Facebook the morning after:

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twitterNow that my life has finally settled back down (a little), post-Woolf Conference, I can finally post about one of my very favorite things: Twitter.

Below, I’ve written a short guide to the social networking site that has become a huge sensation. Instead of Twitter for Dummies, this is Twitter for Woolfians to help everyone learn exactly what this Twitter thing is, and how Woolfians can use it to their advantage.

What is Twitter?
The short answer would be to say, as the site itself does, that Twitter is a 140-character answer to the question, “What are you doing?”

But Twitter is also a tool for making connections, for keeping up with connections you’ve already made, and it can also be a great way to keep your fellow Woolfians up-to-date on research, paper opportunities, and anything else that comes up.

Why use Twitter?
Many Woolfians are members of the fantastic VWoolf Listserv, and Twitter wouldn’t replace it. Rather, it’s an easy way to condense important information into short “Tweets.” These can then be tagged using “#”–#Woolf, for example–or by simply using the word “Woolf” in a Tweet.

This way, anyone looking for all things Woolf would only have to type “Woolf” in Twitter’s search bar to quickly see the many Woolfish conversations that are taking place, in realtime. (We used #Woolf19 for Tweets relating to the Woolf Conference, but it seems to have disappeared from the Internet.)

Here is a great video that details Twitter’s functions and provides a step-by-step guide to creating a Twitter account.

Finally, a few Woolfians who’ve already discovered the greatness that is Twitter:

Paula, from Blogging Woolf

Dr. Anne Fernald

Benjamin Harvey, art historian

Me!

If you have any questions, just Tweet!

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orlandoThe latest buzz about books is the problem Amazon.com created by putting all books tagged as lesbian or gay into the adult category, making them difficult to find because they don’t come up in regular searches.

The problem even affects classics written by authors like Virginia Woolf. I am not sure which books by Woolf are affected — Orlando, perhaps?

After the news hit Twitter, the complaints poured in. Now Amazon says it will correct the search problem, which it describes as a software glitch.

NPR reported on the problem tonight. You can listen to the story, “Amazon says it will correct its search function,” here and read today’s New York Times story, “Amazon Rights Error,” here.

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