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June 14, 2014

ART AND THE CITY: WAS GAUDI GAY? IS FLAMENCO GAY?

  Is there an androgynous experience of a city? No? Then Barcelona has just invented it, perhaps not only for me. This should not be too […]
February 7, 2014

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR: FRENCH SHEET ACROBATICS

Check out my review of the French film that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year and shocked viewers here and abroad with its explicit […]
February 7, 2014

OF GENIUS, CABLE CARS AND DUCK SHOES

Birthdays do what birthdays must, giving rise to repetitive thoughts. Gertrude Stein’s birthday has just come around again on February 3rd. Born in 1874, she was […]
January 3, 2014

NEGGING OUT: THE POWER OF NO

Negativity is a bad thing, right? “Negativity can only feed on negativity,” if we believe Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. I’m not so sure any more. I recently noticed […]
December 3, 2013

WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION

  Did I hear this term somewhere? Or did it spring from my own brain? If it did, it’s because I’m afflicted. A victim of electronic […]
December 1, 2013

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 100

WHY DO A SELFIE IF IT CAN BE DONE. What does a selfie do. I have refused them so often and left them out so much […]
November 18, 2013

Met Season Opening: Eugene Onegin Live in HD

  With a stellar cast – Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala — this production of Tchaikovsky’s perhaps greatest opera will not easily be matched […]
October 2, 2013

Renate Stendhal: “In Memoriam Meret Oppenheim — A Part of My Paris Past”

She was an exceptionally beautiful young woman. Hair slicked back like a boy’s, small breasts, long legs, and shy, heavy-lidded eyes. Next to her, the girlfriend […]
September 23, 2013

    Much Ado About Vaginas 23 Sep Posted by Renate Stendhal in Guest Writers | 1 comment Let’s continue on the heels of Jewelle Gomez […]
July 1, 2013

The First Self-Publishing Summit in Berkeley

The brave new world of e-publishing and self-publishing can be summed up by one sentence you hear everywhere: “There’s at least one book in everyone.” A […]