Friday, March 26, 2010

Further Wit: Gertrude Stein

When T.S. Eliot said, "Can you tell me, Miss Stein, what authority you have for so frequently using the split infinitive?" Gertrude Stein replied, "Henry James."

I've found Gertrude Stein to be -- except for The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, -- difficult to read, but wonderfully quotable. 

The sculpture below -- Gertrude as Buddah -- is based on a model of the original done by Jo Davidson (who deserves her own blog post here, which I'll get to eventually), and it is in Bryant Park behind the New York City Library. 

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