Posts Tagged ‘Gertrude Stein’

Excellent article in the New York Review of Books by Michael Kimmelman on Gertrude Stein and her brothers, Leo and Michael. Kimmelman explores, among other topics,  Stein’s puzzling support of  Fascism.

“What might be called the inherent narcissism of modernist abstraction, with its inward-turning focus on its own formal means and devices, its willful divorce from the sort of close social observation and proletarian politics that caused writers like Dreiser, Zola, and Sinclair Lewis to be tarred as anti-modernists, is not incompatible with the clean-sweep radicalism promised by fascism… (nor) with the notion of a centralized, supreme… authority.”



edge that juxtaposition:

worn tongues

spoken inversion s

stylized inspection s

spatial intuition

cater-film (top, skin its—aggregated


astounding that

luminous virtue

highlit halo

‘round variant potion,

tributary conscious element of


— Felino Soriano

Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974) is a case manager and advocate for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. In 2010, he was chosen for the Gertrude Stein “rose” prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House Literary Review.  Philosophical studies collocated with his connection to various idioms of jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences.  For information, including his 41 print and electronic collections of poetry, over 2,500 published poems, interviews, and editorships, please visit his website:

These are the best books Bat Terrier read this year. (Disclosure: no books by friends on this list.)

Popular Music

Classical Music

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth  Century, Alex Ross


Astrid Lorange on Gertrude Stein and “the poetics of spanking.”

Luc Sante waxes nostalgic over life in New York in the Seventies: “New York City was the only imaginable home, the only place that posted no outer limit on appearance or behavior.”

John Steinbeck on fiction.

These are the best books Bat Terrier has read this year. Of course, the year isn’t done, and this list might change. But so far, these books all look like contenduhs.

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(Full disclosure: No books by friends listed here.)