… for books have a way of influencing each other …

In “A Room of One’s Own” Virginia Woolf is saying: Fiction will be much the better for standing cheek by jowl with poetry and philosophy  … For books have a way of influencing each other. All of Woolf’s writing (according to Hermione Lee) goes in for this mixing and merging of genres: fiction, history, biography,…

Carol Becker on A Room of One’s Own

For women to do serious creative work they must have a room of their own – a room to hide in, parameters to protect them from external interference and from psychic interference. Women must protect themselves from their inability to keep out input of others, to say no to the needs of others, the fears,…

Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into. — Samuel Beckett, Molloy  

Doris Salcedo

Today I will recommend a visit to Michelle & Gwarlingo: Artist Doris Salcedo: I Began to Conceive of Works Based on Nothing | gwarlingo. She has composed an excellent post on the the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, go and have a look! Doris Salcedo; Installation at 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003)

just like breathing

I read this beautiful post on A Piece of Monologue today. It made me think of the quality of books as tangible, factual objects. Because there is a kind of magic in books made of paper, which e-books are not (yet) to match – I’m talking about handmade scribbling and comments. I know that I can easily…

incoming

In addition to my self-chosen writers & themes, my reading at all times does also consist of those new novels I read for reviews. Today I received a copy of Helle Helle’s most recent novel: This should be written in the present. Helle Helle was born in Denmark in 1965. She published her first book…

portrait of books & music

A few books from my Woolf collection. I will be systematic in reading Woolf this year, but unsystematic in which of her texts I read when. Much of the time I will go back en forth, combining her original work with texts on her work. I will also focus on her non-fiction with the same…

Eva Hesse & ‘the total absurdity of life’

Guardian critic Jonathan Jones has written an interesting piece called: Art criticism and the pleasure principle. His text made me think about art that I really love (beyond intellectualism…?) Today I will present you for one of my absolute favorite artists: Don’t ask what it means or what it refers to. Don’t ask what the…

A timeless present

As advised by Kathryn, I have started reading Jeanette Winterson’s book: Art Objects. In her book Winterson writes about Woolf, and Kathryn thought I might find it interesting. And I certainly do! But at the moment I’m not only reading Woolf, I’m also reading Gadamer in preparation for some lectures I will be giving. Of course…