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December 06, 2008


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I love Stein (who "shows shine") even more than I love cranberry (whether as turkey accompaniment or as the liquid core of a Cosmopolitan) and think this would be a golden or perhaps cranberry-hued opportunity to praise the two Library of America volumes devoted to Gertrude Stein, which came out, I believe, in 1999. Among my own favorite works by Stein are "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" (of which the final paragraph is a true miracle) in volume one and the "Lectures in America" in volume two. The editors of the two volumes are -- let me see -- oh yes: Catharine R. Stimpson and Harriet Chessman.

One of the delights of having been a guest blogger has been reading the witty and wonderfully smart posts of DL. DL,a bow in your direction.

And apropos berries and bows, I happened upon this today in "The Complete Poems of Elizabeth Bishop":

Thank-You Note
[in the "Harvard Advocate"]

Mr. Berryman's songs and sonnets say:
"Gather ye berries harsh and crude while yet ye may."
Even if they pucker our mouths like choke-cherries,
Let us be grateful for these thick-bunched berries.

Great week, Kate; arrivederci. And thanks as usual to DL and SDH for running this show!

Moira, what a treat to have the Bishop brought back to mind. And isn't the word "choke-cherries" perfect?

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