Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Women's History Month No. 28

Oh baybee, when I was a college student, I was in LOVE with this beautiful photograph. How beautiful she was. That pristine profile, that look of wistfulness. I didn't care about the person. I didn't think about what she did, said, where she went, after the shutter clicked and the picture-taking was done for the day. I hadn't read her books. All I might have known were her most quoted words:

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."

But get a load of this:

"It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality."

True enough. A deathless phantom is what Virginia Woolf became, thanks to her books. Thanks to the film The Hours [in which Nicole Kidman portrayed her w/ such intelligence -- way too much was made of the nose] and thanks to what this celebrated author did on another 28th of March, in 1941, down at the River Ouse, when the world and sorrow were too much with her

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