Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) by Gertrude Stein. COVID-19 Recreational Reading


The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) by Gertrude Stein

Paris, as Hemingway said, was a movable feast. Stein, and her long-time partner Alice B. Toklas, were those who set the table for the writers, artists, and others who passed through Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. Stein, through the lens of Toklas passes judgement on the geniuses they meet, the wives of the same (ironically, never finding a female spouse to be a genius, unless, it would be Stein herself). Picasso, Hemingway (said Stein: "Hemingway, remarks are not literature."), Picabia, Joyce, Braque, and more. Stein/Toklas touch upon many of the great works written during this time (e.g. The Making of Americans). And where, one wonders, channeling Stein, is one more an American, than in Paris? And on American's Stein/Toklas comments:
 "Americans, so Gertrude Stein says, are like spaniards, they are abstract and cruel. They are not brutal they are cruel. They have no close contact with the earth such as most europeans have. Their materialism is not the materialism of existence, of possession, it is the materialism of action and abstraction."
  • Read: February 25 - March 15, 2020
  • See my complete 2020 Reading list on Goodreads.

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