Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Woolf’

Brian Joseph Davis has a great idea: Use law-enforcement composite sketch software and literary descriptions to create portraits of fictional characters. Want to know what Emma Bovary looked like? She looked like this:

Check out Davis’ site, The Composites, for portraits of Humbert Humbert, Tom Ripley, Edward Rochester, and others. Davis’ idea is seriously cool. I hope he posts more portraits. What did Mrs. Dalloway look like? Or Anna Karenina?


The eminent critic Michael Fried discusses the philosophical stakes of the visual arts by reference to five books: Denis Diderot‘s Salons, Merleau-Ponty‘s Phenomenology of Perception, Stanley Cavell‘s Disowning Knowledge in Seven Plays by Shakespeare, the Cropper/Dempsey book on Poussin and Thomas Mann‘s Doctor Faustus. Fried is trying to wrap up phenomenology, analytic philosophy, modernism and painting in one arty package. A recommended read, if only for the contemplation of Fried’s massive ambition.

And, for fun, “59 Things You Didn’t Know About Virginia Woolf.” Who knew she cooked her wedding ring into a suet pudding?

These are the best books Bat Terrier read this year. (Disclosure: no books by friends on this list.)

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A painting of Virginia Woolf

Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.

Photo of the “writing lodge” where VW worked.

Clive Bell on Woolf’s suicide.

VW on the modern novel.

VW on keeping a journal.

Here’s a link to audio from an evening celebrating the legacy of Virginia Woolf, sponsored by the PEN American Center. Talks on VW by Michael Cunningham, Janet Malcolm, Elaine Showalter, James Wood, and others.

Links to other Virginia Woolf resources.

Virginia Woolf in 1902

“Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.” –VW

Virginia Woolf wrote game-changing fiction every bit as radiant and profound as Joyce‘s, Faulkner‘s and Proust‘s–and she wrote essays better than any of them did. She is, in Bat Terrier’s estimation, Serious Business.

You can read most of Woolf’s major works, and a lot of the major criticism of her, for free on the web. Books here , criticism here.

Want to hear her voice? Here’s the only surviving audio recording we have.

And here are photos of books that Woolf bound by hand.