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April 2, 2011

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 63

“Not everything can be about everything”— Stein, the worms and the butterflies. In his last and final book, The Memory Chalet, brilliant historian Toni Judt reminisces […]
April 2, 2011

Richard Wagner happened to be at the world premiere of Giselle, in Paris, 1841. He didn’t care for the Wilis, he reported in the Dresdner Abendzeitung […]
March 24, 2011

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 62

“Don’t Think You Can’t Be Senile At 22”  This week’s New Yorker reports on “Glenn Ligon: AMERICA” at the Whitney, the retrospective of an important African-American […]
March 10, 2011

Philanthropy Notes

Beholding a book like Lin Arison’s Feast for the Senses: A Musical Odyssey in Umbria (Chronicle Books) brings to mind the Renaissance: A Medici prince, let’s […]
February 23, 2011

Black Swan Debate

The Oscars will bring back the question: how brilliant is Black Swan? I have enjoyed opining, as you may have read right here. I found the […]
February 3, 2011

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 60

A sketch by Tom Hachtman Aquarie Gertrude comes up for another spin around the virtual sun of birthdays this very day today. And a great birthday […]
February 2, 2011

Swans of a Feather

BLACK SWAN, the brilliant controversial movie by Darren Aronofsky, reviewed with contradictory interpretations as the cover story of Scene4. Direct link to my review: http://www.scene4.com/0211/renatestendhal0211.html  
January 14, 2011

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 58

If you missed Paris the Luminous Years on PBS and (and missed the snow falling live on Gertrude’s Montparnasse in my last Stein post), there is […]
January 3, 2011

“A Brief But Quirky History of Art” in Scene4 Magazine

Special issue of Scene4, with a quirky review of San Francisco opera’s brilliant MAKROPULOS CASE with Karita Mattila and a video excerpt: http://www.scene4.com/0111/renatestendhal0111.html  
January 1, 2011

My Gertrude Stein blog has a new home online:

http://www.quotinggertrudestein.wordpress.com Here you will see the entire blog, from day one: “Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 1”. If you […]