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Some call it nonsense, but if you derive pleasure from reading these vignettes, you can t understand how someone else doesn t.Here s how I see it When we were learning our language, we learned how to link the word with the object the word represents Gertrude Stein seeks to dismantle this link and consequently abstract our common understanding of language While we learned to easily state, this equals that, we should not simply place an equal sign between the descriptive word and the actual o Some call it nonsense, but if you derive pleasure from reading these vignettes, you can t understand how someone else doesn t.Here s how I see it When we were learning our language, we learned how to link the word with the object the word represents Gertrude Stein seeks to dismantle this link and consequently abstract our common understanding of language While we learned to easily state, this equals that, we should not simply place an equal sign between the descriptive word and the actual object described It is in factaccurate to state, this is parallel to that And though parallel lines may be infinitely in sync, there will always exist a gap Likewise, the object in the material world and the word representing it are two autonomous entities Stein works with this gap between word and object, not to evaluate it, but to explore it Gertrude Stein finds loopholes in the defining social and prescriptive grammatical rules as well as the sounds of our language to make a text that bounces between nonsense play and thoughtful deliberation.A great source of inspiration for me personally This is kind of the literary equivalent of the guy who takes a shit and gets it put into a museum as sculpture, sneezes onto a canvass, etc I can see the argument that it s profound in its implied questioning of what really is art but is there a future in it Does anybody enjoy it Well, judging from the reviews, some people do I don t, but usually when I don t like something I at least have a clue as to why other people do With Stein, I mean, it s nonsense, not the Lewis Carroll kind, but This is kind of the literary equivalent of the guy who takes a shit and gets it put into a museum as sculpture, sneezes onto a canvass, etc I can see the argument that it s profound in its implied questioning of what really is art but is there a future in it Does anybody enjoy it Well, judging from the reviews, some people do I don t, but usually when I don t like something I at least have a clue as to why other people do With Stein, I mean, it s nonsense, not the Lewis Carroll kind, but really just words thrown together at random What are the pleasures of such a text The musicality of the words is still there, I get that big fan of the Ursonate Maybe I was just so trapped in my normal mode of reading for content that I missed the beauty of the sounds Honestly, though, I m not in love with the sounds of conversational English words thrown together willy nilly I d rather listen to someone speaking German for the sound of the words A CARAFE, THAT IS A BLIND GLASS.A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling The difference is spreading okay Gertrude Stein was once quoted as saying that Ernest Hemingway was all bullfights and bullshit That may be true, but you, madam, are just bullshit At least Hemingway threw some bullfighting in every now and then Read for Modern Poetry Gertrude Stein drops acid and describes items from domestic life using language generally reserved for Georgia O Keefe paintings I frequently found myself getting impatient with it in that itchy skin sort of way where I just wanted it to be over, while at other times it felt like I was having a lovely swim in a sea of Stein s sensory perceptions In short, I m ambivalent Here and there, it seemed to border on saying that heterosexual intercourse is sterile and or inherently violent without ou Gertrude Stein drops acid and describes items from domestic life using language generally reserved for Georgia O Keefe paintings I frequently found myself getting impatient with it in that itchy skin sort of way where I just wanted it to be over, while at other times it felt like I was having a lovely swim in a sea of Stein s sensory perceptions In short, I m ambivalent Here and there, it seemed to border on saying that heterosexual intercourse is sterile and or inherently violent without outright saying it, of course , and that s definitely an annoying enough notion all by itself Or maybe I am reading too much into it in that regard Whatever the case may be, I think it s pretty important to consider where your head is at while reading Tender Buttons, as it can have an unfair influence either way I guess I ve been feelingconcrete and less stream of conscious ee lately, and so wasn t in the open, fragmented, airy frame of mind necessary to take this thing on This is one to be reread and reconsidered at a later date.The Broadcast album is definitely way, WAY better, though Of that much I am certain.Bleh Review fail Moving on, then Experimental but also funny and sexy Its like pages covered in little droplets of word rain. If I find myself long on sleep and short on hallucinations I open this little paperback and wait for the words to start pushing crazy around in my brain Once thoroughly confused, I close the book, satisfied. It was a garden and belows belows straight It was a pea, a pea pour it in its not a succession, not it a simple, not it a so election, election with Gertrude Stein s aim in writing Tender Buttons was, in some sense, to reinvent the English language, and the foreword explains that the reader is forced to question the meanings of words, to become reacquainted with a language that Stein thought had become dulled by long use In this sense her project is the literary counterpart of Stravinsky s It was a garden and belows belows straight It was a pea, a pea pour it in its not a succession, not it a simple, not it a so election, election with Gertrude Stein s aim in writing Tender Buttons was, in some sense, to reinvent the English language, and the foreword explains that the reader is forced to question the meanings of words, to become reacquainted with a language that Stein thought had become dulled by long use In this sense her project is the literary counterpart of Stravinsky s twelve tone composition, a deliberate effort to break away from unnecessary constraints on the language of music, which themselves constrain the way we think.The problem is that, in an overzealous attempt to emancipate the language, she exiles it What appears in Tender Buttons is not really language, because it doesn t really mean anything James Joyce s later works may be incredibly difficult to understand, but at least there is something to be understood.For a comparison, it might help to look to Don van Vliet, otherwise known as Captain Beefheart He would often paint in black, white and grey, so that he explained your imagination could fill out the colours for itself But this is exactly the opposite of what Gertrude Stein does she provides the vocabulary the colours, if you like and leaves you to make something of it, to form it into shapes One might as well put a dictionary through a blender.This isn t just a matter of style over substance The two are inextricable The style is the manner in which you deliver the substance, and if there is no substance I really don t think I can say anything of the style Stein wanted to sound lyrical, but again the way language looks and sounds derives from what it means Have you ever overheard two people fluently speaking a foreign language on the bus, and it sounds like there are no gaps between the words That s because there aren t There aren t when other English people speak either your brain inserts them for you Everything about the way language looks, sounds, feels, can t be entirely pulled apart from what it means.And I defy you to read bits like this A no, a no since, a no since when, a no since when since, a no since when since a no since when since, a no since, a no since when since, a no since, a no, a no since a no since, a no since, a no since without glazing over It s a crap, a crap, crap a, a book, crap book, a crap book, it s crap.As such, Gertrude Stein s idea isinteresting than her book, the theory better than what it entails Or as Voltaire wrote to Rousseau Never was such a cleverness used in the design of making us all stupid tender one who tends or waits uponone who attends or has charge ofa ship or boat used to attend to a larger ship or boat in various capacitiesan act of tenderingan offer of money in exchange for goods or servicesan offer of anything for acceptancean offer made in writing by one party to another to execute an order for the supply or purchase of goods or for the execution of workcurrency prescribed by lawliteral and physical sensessoft or delicate in textureof the ground, soft with moisture, rott tender one who tends or waits uponone who attends or has charge ofa ship or boat used to attend to a larger ship or boat in various capacitiesan act of tenderingan offer of money in exchange for goods or servicesan offer of anything for acceptancean offer made in writing by one party to another to execute an order for the supply or purchase of goods or for the execution of workcurrency 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produce a stunningly original literary effect A single image is not splendor Dirty is yellow A sign of is not mentioned A piece of coffee is not a detainer The resemblance to yellow is dirtier and distincter The clean mixture is whiter and not coal color, never coal color than altogether This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices This reads like a cut up, that is to say that the words, the words, words and the, have been scrambled or reassembled to create striking instances of imagery juxtaposed in surprising and exciting ways and highly original and fascinating collocations as a result.This is a book to be appreciated in terms of its wordplay and harmonics rather than in terms of any strict notion of meaning Just like in cubism, new and incongruous images and ideas are placed alongsidecontiguous ones If you are This reads like a cut up, that is to say that the words, the words, words and the, have been scrambled or reassembled to create striking instances of imagery juxtaposed in surprising and exciting ways and highly original and fascinating collocations as a result.This is a book to be appreciated in terms of its wordplay and harmonics rather than in terms of any strict notion of meaning Just like in cubism, new and incongruous images and ideas are placed alongsidecontiguous ones If you are unfamiliar with Stein, this is definitely not a good diving off spot so instead start with herconventional works such as Three Lives or even better the terrific Autobiography of Alice B Toklas see my review on that forinformation