Virginia Woolf and Code

This article was always going to jump out at me – To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf – given that currently I am working at a tech company, though not on the code yet. Doing the explaining and/or engaging. Ideally both.

Why Virginia Woolf? Well, actually, any literature will do. Or indeed any arts subject. That Virginia Woolf is chosen says something of her current iconic status – part of which clearly is as a writer about as far from the scientific method as you can get. Apparently.

‘…What does the brain matter,’ said Lady Rosseter, getting up, ‘compared with the heart?’ (Mrs Dalloway)

But of course it is not in either/or that the answer lies, but in both. And to underline his point the article’s author, J Bradford Hipps, deploys a quote from the most iconic figure of our current age:

How much better is the view of another Silicon Valley figure, who argued that “technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.”

His name? Steve Jobs.


Hello world

Finally, after breezing past several deadlines, Walking with Mrs Dalloway, my critical walking guide to Mrs Dalloway and Virginia Woolf will soon be available on Kindle.

Written in cafés around Cavendish Square during a work engagement in London, this guide charts my journey in and around the book.

Looking up as I write this, there is Andrea Illy’s mission statement on the wall to ‘delight all those who cherish the quality of life …  by our search for beauty in everything we do.’

Hopefully readers will find some of the beauty of its subject reflected in the pages of my work. Most of all I hope Walking with Mrs Dalloway and this blog will be a vehicle for engagement with other readers of Mrs Dalloway and the work of Virginia Woolf.

Mrs Dalloway cover web