Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rooms of One's Own
As I was in my early twenties and had a whole apartment to myself, I wondered about this small separate space within a large, handsome lakehome. And then of course, I remembered Virginia Woolf.
I thought of Woolf again today when reading the New York Times. The story about a married couple who share a trailer but keep separate sanctuaries--hers a very feminine one-room cottage that she renovated herself (the carpentry! the purchasing of supplies! the books inside!)--seemed a contemporary version of the Woolf narrative.
And although the NYT seems to be pushing a childhood theme (the gingerbread! the woods!), there is no Big Bad Woolf here, just a very resourceful woman who built her own house. And it won't be blown down by huffing and puffing.