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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

(03/17/10 8:00am)

At 7:10 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Reynolds Price began breaking down Virginia Woolf’s renowned novel, To The Lighthouse. It’s like this, he said: autobiographical fiction meets stream of consciousness at a beach house in Scotland. Oh yes, and there is this lighthouse. “The lighthouse is dangerous [as a literary device],” he told me. “If [Woolf] had just pressed one gram of excess weight on that image it would have been so corny. You know, ‘There’s a lighthouse! Here comes the beam! Everyone face it and smile!’”








Some ticket-holders rejected at Inauguration door

(01/21/09 9:00am)

The following is a dispatch from Washington, D.C., where The Chronicle's Ryan Brown spent four frigid hours only to have her ticket to the Inauguration unused. An estimated 236,000 bundled people got in without problems, but too many blue and purple tickets were distributed, leaving some 4,000-including Brown-out in the cold. Her report appears as a post on After The Jump, The Chronicle's news blog.