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,…

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…

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…

Airdrop

Last weeks visit to Jeanette Winterson’s pages made me very curious about the new Woolf editions from Vintage. Since The Waves is the best novel ever written, and since I’m in the middle of re-reading Mrs Dalloway just now, I found no reason not to add these two new editions to my collection… The third book…

Why I love blogging:

Yesterday Kathryn wrote me a comment: Hi there. If you can get your hands on a copy of Art Objects by Jeanette Winterson i think you’ll enjoy it. Lots in there about Virginia Woolf who Winterson refers to as “Wine and waterfall.” It’s a fabulous book of art essays. So off I went, in search of…

The Mrs. Dalloway Reader

I am starting my Woolf-year with a book that combines Woolf’s own words, with those of readers, writers and researchers. The Mrs. Dalloway Reader is a collection of short stories, diary entries, theoretical writings and personal responses, all leading up to the text itself, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Since its publication (1925), Woolf’s masterpiece has…

2012: Reading to write

I love to read, but what I really need just now, in the middle of life, is to become a better writer. To achieve my goal I have chosen the best possible mentor, advisor and guide (no, its not Virgil…I definitively need a more modern supervisor, and I need her to be a woman). My…

On Being Ill

how astonishing, when the lights of health go down Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill (1926) I’ve got bronchitis. My doctor gave me some medicine, I treated myself to some reading – just to relieve discomfort Bronchitis is an acute inflammation of the air passages within the lungs. It occurs when the trachea (windpipe) and the large…

Virginia Woolf’s Nose

A week a go, or so, I read Hermione Lee’s essay “Virginia Woolf’s Nose”, from her book Body Parts. In this essay Lee gives us a clever examination of Mrs Dalloway, and also a comparative analysis of Mrs Dalloway, Michael Cunningham’s novel The Hours and Stephen Daldry’s film adaption of Cunningham’s book. Lee is reading…

Holiday readings

Judith Hermann: Alice. Ten years ago I read a book by Hermann called: Summerhouse, later (2001, HarperCollins). I remember it as a beautiful collection of melancholic short stories. Since not reading German, I was very happy to find her latest collection of stories, Alice (2009), translated into Danish. Alice is five short stories about Alice, or five stories about…