On-going reading list

plans for a never-ending summer Author Title 1. Julian Barnes Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art 2. Heidi Julavits The Folded Clock: A Diary 3.  Sarah Manguso Ongoingness: The End of a Diary 4. Frances Morris, etc Agnes Martin 5. Nancy Princenthal Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art 6. Sally Mann Hold Still: A…

A Room of One’s Own

Van Bo Le-Mentzel: housing is a universal human right The One-SQM-House is designed by Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel. Le-Mentzel, a Laos native, fled his home country as a refugee and has dedicated his life to examining the meaning of home and the importance of having at least one square meter of personal space. Van Bo has asked:…

Men are all brothers … ?!

Yesterday I read a bit about Oulipo. While reading I discovered this beautifully arranged picture of a part of the group, but couldn’t help noticing that there weren’t any women around … (I am, after all, on a quest  for literary foremothers). In A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf writes: “we think back through our mothers…

A Room of One’s Own

But, you might say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction – what has that got to do with a room of one’s own? I will try to explain … – a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction … I have just finished…

Woolf-ish

How can it be … … that I find it necessary to have: 4 x The Waves 3 x To the Lighthouse 4 x Mrs. Dalloway 4 x A Room of One’s Own To my excuse I will hastily add that one of each copy is in Norwegian … and that the latest version of…

… 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,…