“I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”–Virginia Woolf
“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.”–Virginia Woolf
The cover of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (The Hogarth Press, 1928).
A few weeks ago, when I wasn’t home, The Chef broke my A Room of One’s Own mug. He immediately ordered a replacement, plus this baby. My husband really is the best.
- Three by Kafka [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- How Photographs Have Shaped Our View of the National Parks [HYPERALLERGIC]
- Diane di Prima Digs in San Francisco [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Virginia Woolf’s travel and literary notebook, 1906-09 [BRITISH LIBRARY]
The talented, beautiful, and well-connected artist Vanessa Bell was born on 30 May 1879.
Paramount Scraps Release of Animated ‘Little Prince’ [The Hollywood Reporter]
A Thing That Wants Virginia [The Paris Review]
In anticipation of Saint Valentine’s Day, we are sharing a few wee love-themed shopping guides.
Some legendary literary love affairs were more successful than others, but who are we to judge? At any rate, we’ll save such musings for another day.
Today’s couple: Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf
“For once the disease of reading has laid upon the system it weakens so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing.”-Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.”-Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary
There isn’t a better book to read in October than Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary. Oh, it is extraordinary (in the full pulse of the word)!
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I have found out how to begin (at 40) to say something in my own voice; and that interests me so that I feel I can go ahead without praise.”-Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary
The struggle to harness one’s creativity is universal and timeless. It’s a constant fight. Battle on, friends!