On this, the 94th publication anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, I invite you to do the opposite of reading To the Lighthouse, and watch a video. (You could also re-read To the Lighthouse, but let’s assume time is tight.) The video in question is the music video for the 2003 song “To the Lighthouse” by Patrick Wolf, from his first album, Lycanthropy. Yes—Wolf. I heard a rumor that his stage name was partially inspired by Woolf, but I cannot confirm this—I can confirm that he is a fan who thinks about her ghost, though. I can also confirm that this music video not only contains Woolfian references but a sort of mournful modernist sensibility, like the snippets of consciousness that To the Lighthouse employs so masterfully. So without any further ado:
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June 14 – 18, 2021
- Read Kurt Vonnegut’s words for the class of 1994.
- Nicole Rudick looks at the influence of Invisible Man on visual artists, 70 years on.
- On the possibilities of investing in arts infrastructure.
- Elisa Gabbert on a year without strangers.
- What’s behind artists’ and writers’ fascination with soap bubbles?