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Embroidering a Jewish Life

“Embroidery has been part of my life for over two decades; it is a core Jewish practice for me and an entry point into sacred texts… 62 more words

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Gertrude Stein Gives Me Tremendous Anxiety and I Love Her For It

 “What is the answer? In that case, what is the question?”

I would like to talk about Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, but in order to do that we must first take a step back and discuss the light, the context, in which is best to regard Stein and her work. 816 more words


Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas: Summer Champagne Fruit Salad

Nicole at Paper and Salt on Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein, and the love of food and books: “But when we expand our consumption, we gain a capacity to appreciate difference in the world around us.”


Riding a Wave: On Barbara Guest's "A Handbook of Surfing

Barbara Guest instructs me on the deepest level in her serial form poems. One can hardly think of an interconnected serial of Guest’s without thinking of The Türler Losses (what a great book!), but I first encountered “A Handbook of Surfing.” A smaller, self-contained serial poem, this handbook illuminates the lineage and logic of Barbara Guest’s poetry. 372 more words


The Guerrilla Girls are still refusing to behave

Since 1985, the Guerrilla Girls have been ‘creatively complaining’ about discrimination in the art world. The all-female group are notoriously devious, assuming the identities of dead female icons such as Gertrude Stein and Frida Kahlo, while donning their iconic gorilla masks. 515 more words


Words to Live By.

I’ve no idea how it can possibly have come about but I find I have read another Hemingway. It was entirely unintentional, I assure you. I had sworn to avoid the man as being far too depressing but his books, somehow, keep popping up just as I mutter the words, ‘what will I read next?’ 788 more words


The History of Literature #98 - Great Literary Feuds

What happens when writers try to get along with other writers? Sometimes it goes well – and sometimes it ends in a fistfight, a drink in the face, or a spitting. 188 more words