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Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein
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Jan 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read in January, 2011


Why did it take me so long to read this? Dumb dumb dumb. It seems impossible to think about latest manifestations of insistence on new kinds of sentences, genrelessness, etc without starting with Stein as the modernist G-mother.

Wondering about the use of "is," assertion of total exchangeability of objects and sensation in the heart of the Western domestic space. Invites one to see every object as a commodity in an economy of universal exchange? And/or every word as changeable in an economy of English? Or an opening up of, destabilization of stalwart domestic spaces, providing strange grips on, unexpected connections to other things--fields, churches, taxes, care, mud, water--upsetting the locations and relations of things?

Or just great and pretty fun getting back to the texture of language? Hooray for first book of 2011.
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