Virginia’s Moment of Zen

  Virginia Woolf mocks the wisemen of the world, and herself, in her story “The Mark on the Wall.” It is a stream of consciousness piece punctuated by irony and the whiny passage above. The rest I found too dense, at least for my heavily pregnant brain. Although I did get a lovely afternoon nap out […]

Baudelaire and Woolf Present their Magic Show

  To see how Literature defines the everyday, it is sufficient to look to the work of Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf. The first is marked, indeed enabled, by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s redrawing of the Parisian landscape in the 1860’s. The second allows herself to be inspired by domesticity in the burnt-metal aftermath of World […]

No Great Revelation, Thank You

I finished reading Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse” last week. Apart from some fifty experimental-ish pages toward the middle, it was stunning. Especially the closing. In fact, if anyone is interested in reading it but doesn’t have time, the last chapter is fifty pages and gives an ample taste of the complete work. Above is […]

The Being and the Doing

A passage from Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse.” Classic Woolf treatment of the eternal battle of inside vs out. Read Casanare 2014

The guilty pleasures of domesticity

  Since I have a nine-month-old baby, and since my husband has nine aunts and two uncles, people are still coming over to “meet the baby.”  Every time people come over, I can’t help but feel like a younger Mrs. Dalloway, from Virginia Woolf’s novel by the same name. There are indeed things that just require […]