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December 18, 2012

L’Amour à la française

Is there anybody who isn’t curious about how they DO it, the French? Anybody who wouldn’t want to know all about l’amour à la française? An […]
December 9, 2012

Einstein on the Beach — Paris 1976, and Berkeley 2012

I happened to be there, at the première of the  theater event that now seems a landmark of post-modern culture. I saw the revival of Robert […]
December 7, 2012

Moby Dick at the Opera

Literature into opera? San Francisco composer Jake Heggie tried it again, this time with Herman Melville’s whale of a book. Did it work? Read my “minority […]
September 30, 2012

Gertrude Stein in the Movies

How right or how wrong does it get when Gertrude Stein appears in the movies? I had a second look at Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris  […]
June 9, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 91

Why the Witch-Hunt Against Gertrude Stein? Tikkun Magazine It’s fascinating how the story of Stein’s war years and survival refuses to settle into a consistent story […]
June 5, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 90

There or not there? Gertrude Stein Day at the American Literature Association Conference “It’s the critics who thought about form, I thought about writing.” (Gertrude Stein) […]
May 16, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 89

Gertrude Stein: Genius Wanted – Unwanted by White House The scandal has finally reached the highest levels (so far?) with the White House striking Gertrude Stein […]
May 15, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 88

Another Round of Gertrude Stein Loves Hitler! Perpetuating an Urban Legend about Gertrude Stein Wouldn’t you know that the New York Review of Books wouldn’t pass […]
March 8, 2012

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 87

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER STEIN 85 % original Stein, 15 % John le Carré, 1 % Stendhal   This was not an accident and it was mentioned. […]
March 4, 2012

John Cranko’s “Onegin” at SF Ballet

Cranko’s Onegin has not aged in 47 years. It shows classical dance at an unusual level of inventiveness, technical edginess, and — most unusual — a […]