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This week in Woolf sightings, we have the essay, as Woolf wrote it, described as the art form of the future (5); art, as Woolf called it, thought of as a form of fishing (7), and fiction, as Woolf tells it, spun as a spider’s web (8). Oh, and we also have Virginia Woolf and Britney Spears in almost the same sentence (1). Seriously.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears (Photo credit: steven.ishiwara)

  1. WHAT!? Britney Spears Could Be Writing The Next Great Novel (DETAILS)Global Grind
    Virginia Woolf, Flannery O’ Conner, Toni Morrison and J.K. Rowling, move over and make room for the next great female novelist. PHOTOS: Britney Spears’ Lucky Magazine Cover Is Causing Some Controversy! According to TheHollywoodReporter, pop 
  2. ‘Orlando’ Steals the StageNew University Online
    Modernist author Virginia Woolf attempts to answer many of these questions in her novel “Orlando,” a tale of a young boy who lives for five centuries, changes genders once and doesn’t age past 36 years. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts had big 
  3. Who Would These 9 Famous Authors Vote For In The 2012 Election?, Huffington Post
    Who would lyricists like Virginia Woolf cast their ballots for? It’s difficult to say, but fun to speculate. In his famous essay, “Why I Write,” George Orwell said, “…no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have …  Read “Would Virginia have voted for Mittens? Cast your vote
  4. Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, on book two of his vampire trilogyA.V. Club
    As I started writing her, and writing her mind in her state of busy surface activity containing deep unpleasant thoughts, rather quickly, the inspiration, the literary source for this became Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. [Laughs.] A book I loved in 
  5. issue 151 out nowE-Flux
    Energy & Rue: Brian Dillon surveys writers from Michel de Montaigne to Wayne Koestenbaum, and from Virginia Woolf to Chris Marker, and asks whether the centuries-old form of the essay could be the genre of the future. City Report: Amsterdam: To 
  6. What are London’s best museums for lovers of literature?Telegraph.co.uk
    It can feel as if he (the key London literary museums all remember men, and Virginia Woolf’s Mecklenburgh Square home was destroyed in the Blitz) has just popped around the corner for a bushel of wheat and is due back at any moment. Lovesick poet Keats 
  7. The art of Judy ChicagoThe Guardian
    “I didn’t make myself an outsider,” she says. “The art world made me an outsider. Of course, isolation is essential to the creative act. You have to be with yourself, with your ideas. Virginia Woolf talked about it as fishing: you sit on the shore, you 
  8. Through the Window, By Julian BarnesThe Independent
    As Virginia Woolf put it: “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” Well, Barnes is something of an arachnologist and in this anthology he has pinned down a surprising selection 
  9. From the heart Stories and secretsThe Economist
    Virginia Woolf dismisses “Ulysses”: “an illiterate, underbred book it seems to me.” Sir Noel Coward is confused by John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”, the celebrated play of the 1950s. “It is so full of talent and fairly well constructed but I wish I 
  10. PW Picks: The Best New Books for the Week of November 5, 2012Publishers Weekly
    This week: books from Oliver Sacks, Barbara Kingsolver, and Virginia Woolf. Plus: an outstanding graphic memoir on bipolar disorder. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn 
  11. USA TODAY, USA TODAY
    At home, Elinor, obsessed with her missing brother, paints his image over and over between weekend getaways to Bloomsbury hangouts where she encounters a chilly Virginia Woolf (of course, Barker’s title evokes Woolf’s 1922 novel, Jacob’s Room).
  12. Q&A: In Zadie Smith’s ‘NW,’ Some Harsh Truths About FriendshipPBS NewsHour (blog)
    When people use that, it’s kind of just a term they use for anything that looks slightly different on the page. Stream of consciousness is something like Virginia Woolf, for example, which is quite different from what I was trying to do. I just wanted 

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It’s less than a week until the U.S. presidential election, and our first Woolf sighting turns to Virginia’s diary — and a new book — to discover her political leanings. See 1. Even more of the moment, today is Halloween, and a New Yorker reader thinks a sexy Virginia Woolf is the worst Halloween costume ever. See 14.

  1. This feast of diaries may leave you with indigestion: EVENTS, DEAR BOY …, Daily Mail
    In 1929 both Virginia Woolf and her servant Nelly intend to vote Labour, but Comrade Virginia’s radicalism has its limits. ‘I don’t want to be ruled by Nelly,’ she snorts. By 1952 the descendants of Nelly are living high on the hog. Labour MP Richard …
  2. The London best: sleep aidsEvening Standard
    Virginia Woolf called sleep “that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life”. Yet most of London now fantasises about eight hours uninterrupted by the strepitous sex sessions of foxes or the early sounding of the alarm. With the clocks going back on 
  3. Finding souls in a search for solacePhiladelphia Inquirer
    The result was Pilgrimage, (Random House, 2011), a book of photographs from Leibovitz’s global search for solace. She visited the homes of Sigmund Freud andVirginia Woolf, of Elvis Presley and Eleanor Roosevelt, Georgia O’Keefe and Martha Graham.
  4. On the Couch: Study links creativity with mental illnessEaling Gazette
    Whilst troubled writers such as Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemmingway would appear to bear this out, we know that in fact mental illness affects 25% of the population, not all of whom are creative geniuses! That said, a study by the same institute in 
  5. Saints and doubtersThe Christian Century
    Their daughter, Virginia Woolf, raised without a faith to lose, sought new forms of the sacred in her writing, new expressions of religious experience focused around what she called “moments of being”—moments when the pattern through which we are all 
  6. Reviewed: Sitelines’ Sailing OnReading Chronicle
    Following their own watery deaths, the writer Virginia Woolf and Shakespeare’s Ophelia have taken up residence in the toilets, where they observe the habits of its patrons. One young woman in particular, Romola, has caught their attention and by 
  7. The old man and the seaSydney Morning Herald
    The war trilogy was first published in London, by Hogarth, the press established by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. ”I would prefer it to be published there,” Parkin observed, ”for it does seem that no prophet is acceptable in his own country.” The 
  8. Murder on the dancefloor: art’s fascination with deathThe Guardian
    Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/PARAMOUNT. Virginia Woolf, an admiring reader of Proust, was interested in the dramatic potential of the party as a way of bringing to the fore that which the joviality of the occasion attempts to deny. In Mrs Dalloway’s 
  9. Art Review ‘Picasso Black and White,’ at GuggenheimBoston Globe
    With the likes of Mozart, Virginia Woolf, and Picasso, the unspoken implication is so often: They can’t help themselves; the art just spouts out. If, in addition, the genius’s personality is awkward, or his personal life chaotic to the point of self 
  10. Carolyn Hitt: There are no longer barriers blocking female authorsWalesOnline
    Mary Ann Evans had to call herself George Eliot to get noticed while Virginia Woolf attempted to rent us a room of our own in the palace of patriarchy. When I read English at university 25 years ago we prided ourselves on the rows of ivy green spines 
  11. Author’s mum hated his Pulitzer Prize winning bookStraits Times
    The story traces the lives of three women affected by the 1925 Virginia Woolf novel, Mrs Dalloway. Cunningham’s mother was the inspiration behind the character of a bored housewife, and she did not like having her life on display. “She didn’t like the 
  12. Questioningly Results: Worst Halloween CostumeNew Yorker (blog)
    And, of course, many readers imagined inappropriate variations on seductive Halloween wear: sexy baby (from @MargoLezowitz), sexy George Bush (from @capitalsquirrel), sexy Virginia Woolf (from @andrewnford), sexy JarJar Binks (from @nemesisn4sa), 
  13. Prescription for laughterThe National
    It’s a busy Thursday night in Bloomsbury, the central London district where Virginia Woolf’s infamous set held court. At a plush, packed theatre, Ben Smith’s increasingly popular set is causing uproar. Smith also has literary links, being the younger 
  14. The Penguin-Random House book merger is a big deal: MallickToronto Star
    A writer has a vision, like a fin in the water as Virginia Woolf put it, a book is written and read, notions are floated and ingested like billions of plankton and suddenly the world has changed. Ideas are worth money. The book world is imprinted with 

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This week’s collection of Woolf sightings includes a glaring oversight. In a book claiming to collect the 40 greatest parties in literature, Mrs. Dalloway’s famous party is missing. Scroll down to 4 for the details. Another notable item on this week’s list is America’s Top Model contestant’s Kim Stolz’s plan to open a restaurant named The Dalloway with a “lesbian-implied theme.” See 8. Oh, and guess what — someone is calling Virginia a snob. Again. See 9 and 10.

  1. Constellation of Genius, 1922: Modernism Year One by Kevin Jackson – reviewThe Guardian
    According to Virginia Woolf – one of the sources on whom Kevin Jackson leans heavily for his account of what he believes to be modernism’s momentous year – “in or about December, 1910, human character changed.” If we look five years either side of
  2. Books You Have Always Meant to Read: Mrs. DallowayHeraldNet (blog)
    This time around we are in for a treat when Kevin Craft from Everett Community College discusses Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf on Tuesday, October 23rd from 7-8:30 pm at the Main Library. Mrs. Dalloway is, to put it mildly, an extraordinary novel 
  3. Creativity and Mental Illness are LinkedOnlymyhealth
    English author Virginia Woolf had walked into the river Ouse with stones in her pockets, thus killing herself; and throughout history we have known how creative people have always been depressed and on the brink of self destruction. Now according to 
  4. Imaginary Party PeopleWall Street Journal
    Women writers are largely ignored—no Virginia Woolf, so no Clarissa Dalloway. Novels of the past century account for the largest share of the fun. Yet Ms. Field says she has aimed for eclecticism in terms of “genre, country, period and style.” No 
  5. U of Minn. concert to showcase Argento’s musicHouston Chronicle
    He won the Pultizer for music in 1975 for his song cycle “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.” He won a Grammy in 2004 for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, for his song cycle “Casa Guidi.” The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall 
  6. Zadie Smith’s “NW” charts a bold new path for the novel and offers its readers Salon
    Like Big Ben overseeing every page of Virginia Woolf’s modernist classic Mrs. Dalloway, time — even the actual word — haunts NW with a needling and anxious insistence. These textual echolocations with Mrs. Dalloway patinas the novel as a literary 
  7. Walls buzzing with creativity at ARTworks basketry classHilton Head Island Packet
    In her famous essay “A Room of One’s Own,” Virginia Woolf wrote, “Women have sat indoors all these millions of years so that by this time, the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has indeed so overcharged the capacity of bricks and 
  8. Model Stolz ’05 Lands New Job, Restaurant, Book DealWesleyan Connection (blog)
    The Dalloway, named after Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway, is set to open later this month and will have a “lesbian-implied” theme. While at Wesleyan, Stolz was awarded honors for her thesis, “The Impact of Exit Strategies of United States 
  9. Nick Hornby blasts Booker, Woolf and snobbery at the 92nd Street YNew York Daily News (blog)
    Hornby — after bringing the house down with a lecture on Virginia Woolf and signing a mountain of books — is enjoying a well-earned cigarette. He is the acclaimed author of hit novels such as “Fever Pitch” “High Fidelity” and, most recently, “Juliet 
  10. The Under 30 Crowd Reads More Books; Bill O’Reilly Humbly Takes the The Atlantic Wire
    Today in books and publishing: People under 30 most likely to read; who keeps buying O’Reilly’s books?; Nick Hornby finds Virginia Woolf snobby; Jackie Collins recaps Revenge. Kids these days, am I right? Everyone concerned about whether or not 
  11. 10 Writers’ Mental And Physical MaladiesHuffington Post (blog)
    Most great writers experienced emotional or financial turbulence in childhood. Swift, Defoe, Byron, Keats, Coleridge, Hawthorne, Melville, Thackeray, the Brontës, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath all lost a parent in childhood. Poe, Tolstoy, and Conrad 

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The Bloomsbury Festival is one of the most interesting Woolf sighting this week. It will include readings from emerging and established writers; Cream Tea and Conversation, a celebratory talk on Persephone Book’s 100th publication; and a sold-out session on Bloomsbury and Film, with reference to Virginia. See #9 below, then read on.

  1. Men are exhausting. Women’s clubs are the perfect respiteTelegraph.co.uk
    It has taken me years to clock what Virginia Woolf meant in A Room of One’s Own (‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’.) Shirley Conran was on to the same thing: girls, get a (decent) job. Earn your way, and buy 
  2. LGBT History: Famous Women Who Loved WomenHuffington Post
    The pair’s intimate letters to each other have been preserved and published.
  3. The Best of BestowingHarvard Magazine
    At her first Christmas back from college, her mother gave her the first volume of Virginia Woolf’s letters. “I remember unwrapping it and going upstairs into the bedroom and being under blankets the whole day reading,” Paulsell says. She still reads 
  4. The Rabble’s Orlando. Photo: Sarah WalkerSydney Morning Herald
    PLAYING with gender is a traditional prerogative of the theatre, and The Rabble’s superb adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is an erotic and funny, alarming and profound interrogation of the subject. The theatrical mavericks have created a visceral
  5. Age critics make their picks of the festivalSydney Morning Herald
    ”Highlights include Nilaja Sun’s powerful one-woman show No Child …, The Rabble’s sexy and subversive adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and the irresistible carnival charm of La Soiree.” CAMERON WOODHEAD. HUB. ”The past few years have 
  6. Theater Review: Blood PlayVulture
    Blood Play is a sort of inverted Virginia Woolf, a night besotted with darkness and drink where virtually nothing honest is spoken aloud — until the final, fatal malediction. The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and director Oliver Butler 
  7. Creativity a Symptom of Mental Illness?Everyday Health
    Fans of Virginia Woolf know that the author — who killed herself — was frequently depressed. A new study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute suggests that an artist’s creativity may be linked to his or her mental illness. The brightest and most 
  8. New research suggests creativity is closely related to mental illnessallvoices
    Numerous examples exist where artists and writers have descended into madness or depression taking their lives, some very well regarded examples being Virginia Woolf, Vincent van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, Robert E. Howard. Of course while these examples 
  9. Preview: The Bloomsbury FestivalLondonist
    As you might expect from the home of Virginia Woolf and co, literary types will be well catered for with readings from emerging and established writers. Look out for Cream Tea and Conversation, a celebratory talk on Persephone Book’s 100th publication 
  10. Bridget Christie, The Riverfront,South Wales Argus
    Instead, we had her thoughts about how women are currently portrayed, the lack of Virginia Woolfand Mary Wollstonecraft in her local book store, and 18-year-olds on TOWIE who Botox their faces before a quiz night. “Misogyny and shiny leggings are …
  11. No need to be afraid of Virginia Woolf in erotic gender-bending epicSydney Morning Herald
    The theatrical mavericks have created a visceral and intellectual engagement with the modernist novel that will intrigue anyone with a deep knowledge of the text, but remains accessible to those who have always been a bit afraid of Virginia Woolf. The
  12. Review: Orlando, Melbourne FestivalHerald Sun
    WRITTEN as a love missive to poet Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf’s romantic novel Orlando tells the fantastical tale of a young courtier to Queen Elizabeth I who decides to stop ageing and then lives through three centuries, firstly as a man then 
  13. Candidates Night and Luna Stage This Week in West OrangePatch.com
    New Jersey Premiere of ‘Vita and Virginia’ by Eileen Atkins, adapted from correspondence betweenVirginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Vita Sackville-West was a wealthy socialite and aspiring poet. Virginia Woolf was of more modest means, and widely 
  14. Johnny Depp Joins Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts in Bringing…WordandFilm.com
    It’s hard not to yearn for the early adopter’s thrill of experiencing the firsthand wonders of a Preston Sturges screwball comedy, a John Coltrane free jazz riff, or a Virginia Woolf modernist masterpiece fresh from the source. But there is one pop 
  15.  A Short Defense of Literary ExcessNew York Times (blog)
    And who can be indifferent to the impressionistic metaphoricity of Virginia Woolf’sprose, where things “quiver,” “tremble” “melt” and “overflow,” constantly threatening to exceed themselves? Take Woolf’s depiction of one of Clarissa Dalloway’s lucid 
  16. Rabble rouses Woolf for an assault on the sensesThe Australian
    “How dull indecency is,” wrote Virginia Woolf in the mid-1920s, “when it is not the overflowing of a superabundant energy or savagery.” One could hardly find a more apt phrase to describe the Rabble’s recent output than the latter part of Woolf’s 
  17. Turkish Nobelist, kin to FaulknerPhiladelphia Inquirer
    Even as a young man, Pamuk – who is 60 years old – was impressed by Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner. Like those novelists he writes in stream-of-consciousness style: He portrays an individual’s point of view by depicting that character’s thought 
  18. Craig Brown review of The John Lennon Letters by Hunter DaviesDaily Mail
    When the Bloomsbury Group was at the height of its boom in the Seventies, people often joked that it wouldn’t be long before Virginia Woolf’s shopping lists were published, with a scholarly introduction by Michael Holroyd. Nowadays, the Bloomsburys 
  19. Victorian Bloomsbury, By Rosemary Ashton The Victorian City: Everday Life in The Independent
    “But if one lived here in Bloomsbury … one might grow up as one liked,” says a young woman in aVirginia Woolf short story. The sense she has of Bloomsbury as a haven for freedom-loving bohemians first developed at the end of the 19th and beginning 
  20. The real style bibles: The classics books that inspired the latest looksThe Independent
    “Vain trifles as they seem,” writes Virginia Woolf in Orlando, “clothes have, they say, more important offices than merely to keep us warm.” Fashion, aka the art of dressing up, has always been about creating a character for ourselves and some of the 
  21. Not everyone loves the countryside!Sussex Express
    (Phillimore): ‘Solitary walking in the afternoon for its own sake had an indisputable role in Virginia Woolf’s writing. She would compose sentences, collect thoughts and toss ideas about for her present and future writings, catching them “hot and 
  22. Toby’s Room by Pat Barker: ReviewToronto Star
    The novel’s title appears to be a self-conscious reference to Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room. That novel’s “protagonist”—based on Woolf’s brother Thoby, who died of typhoid at 26—was largely absent, Woolf’s strategy being to build a notion 
  23. Weekend Calendar: Books, Bats at Van Vleck, Music and Food DrivePatch.com
    Virginia Woolf was of more modest means, and widely considered to be a brilliant writer. Yet, these two women shared a long and complex relationship. Told mostly through letters that sparkle with wit and insight, Vita and Virginia sheds an intimate and 
  24. After Virginia Woolf, can Manorbier Castle inspire a new wave of authors?WalesOnline
    “Manorbier and the immediate vicinity have strong literary associations including Virginia Woolf, who was a frequent visitor to village,” said Ms Naper, who had to learn to walk again after suffering post-operative paralysis. “After an early bout of 
  25. Vantage Point: I was there when The Beatles played a Jew doJewish Chronicle
     Beatles’ first single being celebrated somewhat more widely — and wildly — than the 90th anniversary of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses (not to mention Aaron’s Rod by D H Lawrence and Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf), there is
  26. New York Film Festival 2012: Ginger & Rosaslantmagazine
    Like Orlando, her adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s centuries-spanning novel which established her name internationally 20 years ago, there’s a strong female protagonist through whose POV the movie unfolds. We sense a deep personal involvement in the
  27. Murder and drama in the LakesThe Guardian (blog)
    capacity to appreciate and admire generously the work of authors very different from himself. He held in the highest esteem, for instance, the novels of Mr James Joyce and Mrs Woolf. Virginia Woolf was indeed a great friend and regular correspondent of
  28. Review: NJ premiere of ‘Vita and Virginia‘ at Luna Stage…verbal magicExaminer.com
    British writer Eileen Atkins has created a fascinating play based on the voluminous and intimate real-life correspondence between fellow Bloomsbury writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West spanning from the early 1920s until 1941, when Woolf 
  29. The Tankerville Arms – steeped in Northumberland history, Manchester Evening News
    It’s not often you discover a hotel that boasts Virginia Woolf and Cardinal Basil Hume as fans. The writer raved about her stay in 1914 and the archbishop was a regular visitor to the Tankerville Arms in rural Northumberland. Steeped in history, the 
  30. 2012 Times Cheltenham Literature FestivalFoodepedia
    So said Virginia Woolf, and who am I to argue? If I were feeling particularly daring though, I might add one more thing to her list. Reading well also requires appropriate nourishment, making food a particularly important part of enjoying the 2012 
  31. What are the five best books about London?Telegraph.co.uk
    Virginia Woolf’s reportage collected in just 95 pages of The London Scene (Snowbooks) captures just one moment in London time – 1931 – but does so exquisitely. Graphic novel From Hell (Knockabout) is a retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders by Alan 
  32. Au Naturaw Opens in Downtown Santa AnaOC Weekly (blog)
    Also on the website are Virginia Woolf and Shakespeare quotes, a photo of a happy goat in a garden and a snapshot of Marchell Williams, the owner and chef. It should also be mentioned that Williams appears to have made a comment a few months ago on 
  33. Mabeyn Gallery hosts Gözonar’s showHurriyet Daily News
    Her current work uses the words of Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara and Virginia Woolfto link them with ordinary people. You will be surprised by what you see, and that’s exactly what Gözonar’s “Way” is about. October/09/2012. PRINTER FRIENDLY 
  34. Vita and Virginia‘: As good as their wordsThe Star-Ledger – NJ.com
    Based on the real-life correspondence between writers Vita Sackler-West and Virginia Woolf, “Vita and Virginia” is a play in letters. Sitting at desks opposite one another, the women pour out their mutual admiration, fears, jealousies and inspirations 
  35. The Godfather of Nyama Choma – Francis WahomeAllAfrica.com
    opinion. British novelist Virginia Woolf is quoted saying, “one cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ‘Dining well’ is the feeling one gets while digging into scrumptious nyama choma, ugali, and spinach at Francis 
  36. ‘All We Know: Three Lives,’ by Lisa CohenNew York Times
    Todd and Garland published Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and other Bloomsbury figures. Woolf associated the couple, Cohen writes, with “the knot of art, commerce and sexuality that haunts and defines both modernism and fashion.” The golden moment 
  37. Glee Recap of Season 4, Episode 4: “The Break-Up” — Blaine Cheated on Kurt Wetpaint
    Plus, a note to Virginia Woolf: We’re never reading another one of your novels for as long as we live! As far as we’re concerned, Virginia is as responsible for this break-up as anyone else, since it was her books that brought the “crazy or lesbian 
  38. Watch: Santana Serenades Brittany with ‘Mine’ in ‘Glee’s’ ‘The Break-Up’SheWired
    Thanks to flashback, viewers got to see that she and a girl armed with the Virginia Woolfcollection, had checked Santana out, and Santana returned the favor. While Santana explained that she would never cheat and that she didn’t want to full-on break 
  39. A Painting OpportunityDaily Beast
    More than just the title of Pat Barker’s new novel is reminiscent of Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room. Woolf wrote her third novel in memory of her brother Thoby, who died at age 26 in 1906, and so too Barker’s novel is about a sister mourning 
  40. The Godfather of Nyama Choma – Francis WahomeAllAfrica.com
    opinion. British novelist Virginia Woolf is quoted saying, “one cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ‘Dining well’ is the feeling one gets while digging into scrumptious nyama choma, ugali, and spinach at Francis 
  41. A Review of ‘Vita and Virginia,’ at Luna StageNew York Times
    In Act II of Eileen Atkins’s intelligent and resonant “Vita and Virginia,” now playing at Luna Stage, Woolf (Mona Hennessy) discovers that her lover Vita Sackville-West (Rachel Black Spaulding) has been seen “lunching at the Cafe Royal” with another 

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Sally Green posed a question this week on the VWoolf Listserv that asked, “Did Virginia Woolf have anything to say about historical memory, or issues of memory, say, the way Proust thought about memory (or the way we do today when engaging in “memory studies”?

Feedback from the list suggested the following Woolf works that touch on memory:

  • Woolf’s last novel Between the Acts, addresses history as memory.
  • “On Being Ill,” an essay she wrote on the caves of thought one wanders when ill — memories included. Read a Guardian interview with Woolf biographer Hermione Lee on the topic: “Prone to Fancy.”
  • Portions of The Waves alluding to T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” touch on collective and historical memory.

Influences on Woolf and memory included:

  • Proust’s Recherche, which she read while writing her major novels.
  • Wordsworth’s “The Prelude,” which she read  while composing The Waves (D 3: 236).

Secondary sources on Woolf and memory included:

  • The Formation of 20th-Century Queer Autobiography by Georgia Johnston
  • Virginia Woolf and the Great War by Karen Levenback
  • Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf by Gabrielle McIntire.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
    “Proust, Woolf, and Modern Fiction,” by Pericles Lewis. The Romantic Review 99: 1 (2008). Download the PDF.

I also found these:

Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither. We know not what comes next, or what follows after. Thus, the most ordinary movement in the world, such as sitting down at a table and pulling the inkstand towards one, may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like the underlinen of a family of fourteen on a line in a gale of wind – Orlando

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VW Diary Vol. 5Today we have a link to a blog post sent in by a Blogging Woolf reader. It discusses Virginia Woolf’s lifelong habit of keeping a diary and how that practice has morphed into blogging for many today.

Is this a sad development or just a reality we must accept? And does the medium affect the message? Read “The Diary of Virginia Woolf and the Blogosphere” by at Blue Duets.

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Take a look at these 26 Woolf sightings found during the past week.
  1. Poem of the week: A Northern Suburb by John DavidsonThe Guardian (blog)
    His poetry was admired by Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot and, intermittently, WB Yeats, who knew him from Rhymers’ Club meetings, and complained of his “Scottish roughness and exasperation”. Hugh MacDiarmid paid him the sincerest tribute as “the only 
  2. Editorial: Celebrities and Bipolar DisorderAbout – News & Issues
    Brilliant authors and poets Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and John Berryman all took their own lives. I myself “went public” with my bipolar disorder – on this website – on the day I was diagnosed, and I’ve never regretted my openness. …
  3. 5 Least Sexy Film Characters (Female)ChicagoNow (blog)
    I am very, very afraid of Virginia Woolf. Will Hunting’s strengths: fighting, brains, lying, one-liners, and carpentry. Weaknesses: female basketball players. Geena Davis is easily the 2nd best looking guy in this picture. Call me narrow-minded, 
  4. Teen story honorable mention: The Carrel BoyKalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com
    My carrel is like a womb where Virginia Woolf holds me in her arms; where Yeats sings to me; where Kafka asks me if my world is real. And I say “Yes, yes my world is real, Kafka. I am real, my carrel is real, and we are here together. …
  5. My hero: George EliotThe Guardian
    From Adam Bede to Daniel Deronda, she questioned her times. She plumbed ideas, politics, religion, race, and above all the vagaries of the heart. Virginia Woolf characterised Middlemarch as “one of the fewEnglish novels written for grown-up people”. 
  6. Labour new and blueProgress Magazine
    ‘At a recent seminar in Oxford that brought together new Labour and blue Labour, a philosopher attached to the latter quoted Virginia Woolf’s diary: “Terrible weekend. Man drowned in river. Went to Labour Party meeting.” Arguments in the fraternal …
  7. Radical Bloomsbury: Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell’s story at Brighton Museum Culture24
    Bell was a painter and designer and the sister of Virginia Woolf, a fellow member of the all-powerful Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists who used Charleston as a spiritual home. The icons they dallied with are dotted around the six chambers – in 
  8. Greene’s pasturesThe Australian
    I suspect we’ll still be reading him when the pages of Virginia Woolf stay unopened and when William Faulkner is a bit hard to get down from the shelf. Greene was intensely interested in the art of writing. He was obsessed by that most innovative of 
  9. Two plays set high standardNorth Shore News
    Glass’s title is based on a Virginia Woolf quote — “We think back through our mothers if we are women.” Neat endings and messages are anathema to Glass. She gives us three conflicted characters connected by blood and marriage, and examining their 
  10. Bipolar disorder: FactfileThe Independent
    … counselling by psychologists, social workers or psychiatric nurses. – Famous people who may have been bipolar include Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Vincent Van Gogh, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf
     and Charles Baudelaire.
  11. Bringing Film Noir to the Small Screen: HBO’s Mildred PierceMy Latino Voice
    Mildred learns all too soon the meaning of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” and lines from “King Lear.” And here one gets a taste of Winslet’s “Revolutionary Road” with slivers of “Chinatown.” With style and finely detailed sets, “Mildred Pierce” 
  12. BBC readers to click with the ListenerGulfNews
    By Jemima Kiss, Guardian News and Media Ltd. London: It was one of the most distinguished titles in British journalism for more than six decades, nurturing the careers of literary talent including Virginia Woolf, Phillip Larkin and TS Eliot, 
  13. The blossoming of BloomsburyEvening Standard
    This is because, by the time of Virginia Woolf and her colleagues, the interests of literature and avant-garde art in general had moved beyond social realism, and towards internal, psychological narratives. The work of these artists spawned nothing 
  14. LePain explores Augustine’s ConfessionsLe Provacteur (subscription)
    Professor LePain began the lecture with a flurry of literary allusions ranging from Dante to The Dream of the Red Chamber to Don Quixote and Virginia Woolf-painting, with broad strokes, an image of readers and the books they read throughout literary 
  15. Stunning Tudor house in Berkshire for saleCountry Life
  16. During their residence there they were visited by well known fellow members of the group including Virginia Woolf and Maynard Keynes. The property has been lovingly refurbished by its current owners and boasts the original restored mill wheel, … Read Bloomsbury home Tidmarsh for sale.
  17. LBGT curriculum: Great stories are the keySan Francisco Chronicle
  18. Around the same time, I read Michael Cunningham’s novel “The Hours,” a story of three women connected by Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” It is a beautiful piece of art, and is also a book written by a gay man with one of the central characters a
  19. Annabel by Kathleen Winter – reviewThe Guardian
    Annabel takes a fresh approach: it eschews the dark humour of Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, or, in less direct treatments, the gruesomeness of Iain Banks’s The Wasp Factory, the epic sweep of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the inventive intricacy of Ursula 
  20. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano’s talent has depthWashington Post
    … season’s Young Concert Artists series, Cano followed Nicola Porpora’s “Alto Giove” from his opera “Polifemo” with Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer,” Ravel’s “Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques” and Dominick Argento’s “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
  21. The problem with “Miral”NYU Washington Square News
    When Nadia decides to kill herself by wading into the river Virginia Woolf-style, Schnabel’s sensorium works to convey the claustrophobia of the water, muffling sight and sound. But it never tells us, or shows us, who she was in the first place. 
  22. Literary England: In search of Virginia Woolf among the historic blue plaques …Daily Mail
    But it’s at 22 Hyde Park Gate, London, that I find what I’m looking for: the house where my great-aunt, Virginia Woolf, was born in 1882. It’s the logical place to start my journey to her old haunts around London, a journey that also takes in 

    Virginia Woolf screensaver on the Kindle

  23. Amazon introduces cheaper Wi-Fi Kindle with adsUSA Today
    The only difference: Ads replace illustrations of classic authors like Virginia Woolf and Jules Verne that appear on current Kindle screensavers. This Amazon gift card deal is among deals that will be delivered directly to “Kindle with Special Offers” 
  24. A symphony conductor’s lawsuit of noteYakima Herald-Republic
    The New York Times reported last month the 1994 law restored copyrights in films by Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf, and paintings by Picasso. Teachers and archivists are also plaintiffs in the case. 
  25. Poets in MotionBOOK Southern Africa (blog)
    Virginia Woolf set herself the task of going to buy a pencil in order to justify taking a walk, and American poet AR Ammons gives a new meaning to loafing, when he proposes a trip to buy the daily bread, but he comes to the conclusion that a walk is
  26. RH relaunches Hogarth PressThe Bookseller
    The spirit of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s literary imprint the Hogarth Press will be revived on both sides of the Atlantic after Random House announced the launch of a new fiction imprint. Hogarth will launch in summer 2012 and will focus on 

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