“Gertrude Stein with autism???????”

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The title of this post was the response an online friend gave when I first posted this privately (in 2005):

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About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

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  1. Gosh, just this morning I was thinking of another line from Gertrude: “There is no there there”. She was refering to Oakland, CA. It got me to going “There is no *there* there, there is no there *there*….. there, there, everything’s going to be OK…. etc. :) I once did a fun and weird term paper combining Gertrude Stein, cubism, and something else, I forget what. That was 25 years ago already…

    Here are some quotes from Stein. I found them on quotationspage.com. Hmmmm…

    “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”

    “It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.”

    “Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”
    (That’s a good one for me!)

    “I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences.”

  2. The most famous thing Gertrude Stein did that your writing there resembles is “Tender Buttons”. Here is a link to where you can find it on the internet: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15396/15396-h/15396-h.htm

    Don’t think you have any obligation to read it. I know you’re busy, and don’t want this mistaken for something else you have to do. If you want to read it, and find a good time, there it is.

  3. Jason GoldenFleece OtherWorld Good Good. Jason GoldenFleece OtherWorld Good Good. Jason GoldenFleece OtherWorld Good Good
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    It’s an Irish reel known as the morning dew.

    Now the Scots have puirt a beal and that is a whole new ball game :)

  5. It reminded me more of her children’s book “The World is Round”, but probably because 1) I’ve read that fairly recently (to my children, who were surprisingly interested and chose it for bedtime night after night until finished) and 2) for the entirely superficial reason that the first part used the word “round” a lot.

    Sherri

  6. boom boom boom boom boom boom bomb boom boom boom bomb bomb ka boom ka boom boom boom bomb bomb bum bomb boom bomb bum which I am sitting on when I should be (boom boom boom boom) studying calculus.

    That’s what was going in my mind as I read this. No joke. I don’t know much at all about Gertrude Stein……..

    Ivan

  7. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Gertrude Stein and autism. Even if she wasn’t autism (and maybe she was), could her writing still be autistic.

    Valerie Paradiz talks about her in Elijah’s Cup, a book I really recommend.

    A rose is a rose is a rose.

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