April 2012


Compiling references to Virginia Woolf from my reading is a never-ending adventure. It never ends because Woolf’s appearance in contemporary fiction, memoirs, essays and more, shows no sign of lessening, and it never ends for me because I continue to be fascinated with this phenomenon. I can’t think of anyone mentioned more than Woolf except perhaps Shakespeare. My 2010 monograph, Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction, included 37 references from fiction; since then I’ve brought the total to 63.

These sightings make up the majority of my posts as a regular contributor to BloggingWoolf. This past week I noted my latest findings, one in a delightful story, “Festival of the Immortals,” by Helen Simpson, and a couple more in the world-within-a-world of literary journals.

It was invigorating and inspiring to attend the release party for the San Diego Writers, Ink fifth annual anthology of work by local writers. And it was extra nice that my writing buddy, Jim Brega, was one of the anthology authors who was celebrated. Jim and other authors read from their work, a fine sampling of prose and poetry. I wrote a recap for the Presidio Sentinel column.