virginia woolf

IN 1937, VIRGINIA WOOLF spoke to the BBC about craftsmanship. Fortunately, the BBC recorded it, so we have her voice, and fortunately she took what she said that day and crafted it for The Death of the Moth and Other Essays. One of the best bits:

Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations—naturally. They have been out and about, on people’s lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. And that is one of the chief difficulties in writing them today—that they are so stored with meanings, with memories, that they have contracted so many famous marriages.

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  • The recording, made available as what seems to be the only post on a blog that may be called "At This Now." Hard to say, but that's what's in the address. I don't know who's responsible, but thank you.