October 10, 2003
Not Woolf, Stein

A (not AZ) captured a letter another Bloomington colleague had relating a visit by some of his relatives(-in-law) to Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas just after the war. Beautiful and evocative, it's more than worth a read.

It captures not just that moment, that visit when the world was shaken and trying to refigure itself (especially, it should be said, France; a topic now from books like Marianne in Chains and others (ES personal research topic 47...)). But it also captures, in the context, a bit of what its like to live in a college town like Bloomington, the interests and encounters of living there, which tend to transcend the supposed small town nature of the place to be the larger constructs of mind that can occur in a good community.

Posted by esinclai at October 10, 2003 05:55 AM |