A Common Reader

I am taking Virginia Woolf’s Common Reader as a model for my new writing project. I am studying her way of writing, her method. You all know she is unattainable, belonging to a different sphere, so she will be more like my leading star. Nevertheless,  I will try very hard to make my texts readable for the…

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Planning ahead; my next journey abroad will go to London in July. Anyone else looking forward to this: News Release: National Portrait Gallery announces first exhibition exploring the life of Virginia Woolf through portraits First exhibition to explore the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf through portraiture Over 100 works to be displayed including paintings, photographs…

To pin down the moment with date and season

I keep coming back to Virginia Woolf, I think she must be the most important author in my personal canon. And I can’t imagine anyone knowing as much about Virginia Woolf as the great scholar Dame Hermione Lee.   see also: Hermione Lee, The Art of Biography

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:…

this is the real secret of life –

– to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan Watts You cannot find peace by avoiding life. Virginia Woolf

Haunted by literature

To the Lighthouse – once again. It won’t leave me alone. It’s the dinner-scene, it keeps coming back to me, asking to be investigated, scrutinised, analysed … dissected? I have posted on it before, but I can see there is more to explore. I will try to write an essay on it, this autumn, just…

it is a great art to saunter

If I were to describe Olivia Laing’s To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface in one word, I would call it slentrende, which is a Norwegia word for saunting: A verb of unconfirmed origin, saunter means to “walk with a leisurely gait.” As a noun, saunter describes that leisurely gait. Henry David Thoreau once said “it is a great…

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…

W. G. Sebald

For a long time I’ve been wanting to read W. G. Sebald, thoroughly, like I’m currently reading the work of Virginia Woolf. Actually I planned Sebald to be my next project – in a year or so – . BUT … it seems I’m no longer the captain of this ship – Sebald won’t wait!…

A world of relative inaccessibility

I’m spending days in Spain doing a bit of reading on Woolf, but also gradually focusing on my own writing. And this time I mean fiction & poetry, not the kind of pre-given jobs & assignments I usually do. For some time now I have been working on a hybrid-text, mixing scientific observations and natural…