Why Read Sebald?

He is utterly despairing, particularly in The Rings of Saturn. It’s terrible, beautiful, and there’s no hope.          — Ali Smith I’ve been here before, at my desk, with all the books by W.G Sebald (which unfortunately isn’t that many) in front of me. My plan is to (re)read The Rings of Saturn. Did I read it…

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…

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…

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…