“In Between” — Gertrude Stein

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4 thoughts on ““In Between” — Gertrude Stein”

  1. http://alenier.blogspot.com/2014/04/stepping-on-tender-buttons-in-between.html

    Dear Biblioklept,

    I just found you because of your essay on Charles Olson’s “Call Me Ishmael” because I am reading Moby Dick through the lens of Stein’s “Tender Buttons.” I just discovered much to my amazement that Stein must have used Melville’s masterpiece as a model for her masterpiece. I came at this through Jackson MacLow’s poem “Call Me Ishmael.”

    Now to my utter shock I see you posted “In Between” without saying it is from “Tender Buttons.” Actually it is a naked posting without commentary which is cool but now I’m wondering where you want to go with this.

    I am leading a slow-po study of Tender Buttons in the Cousera MOOC Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo). If you want to hang out there you must register by Nov 23 for this free course to get inside the discussion forums. The live course ends Monday but the discussion forums will be working until August where I run the study of “TB.”

    Did you know that “In between.” seems to be pointing to that occasion when Stein took Toklas into the Tuscan hills and proposed to her?

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    1. >I just found you because of your essay on Charles Olson’s “Call Me Ishmael” because I am reading Moby Dick through the lens of Stein’s “Tender Buttons.” I just discovered much to my amazement that Stein must have used Melville’s masterpiece as a model for her masterpiece. I came at this through Jackson MacLow’s poem “Call Me Ishmael.”

      Sounds cool. Maybe 10 years ago (?), I was rereading Hurston’s There Eyes Were Watching God and convinced myself it was modeled on Moby-Dick.

      >Now to my utter shock I see you posted “In Between” without saying it is from “Tender Buttons.”
      I linked the image to the full text of Tender Buttons.

      >Actually it is a naked posting without commentary which is cool but now I’m wondering where you want to go with this.
      I don’t want to go anywhere.

      >I am leading a slow-po study of Tender Buttons in the Cousera MOOC Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo). If you want to hang out there you must register by Nov 23 for this free course to get inside the discussion forums. The live course ends Monday but the discussion forums will be working until August where I run the study of “TB.”

      Thanks for the offer. :)

      >Did you know that “In between.” seems to be pointing to that occasion when Stein took Toklas into the Tuscan hills and proposed to her?
      I did not.

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  2. Oh wow that’s good to know that you found Moby Dick influencing Their Eyes Were Watching God.

    I didn’t realize that the “In Between” quote is a linked image so thanks for pointing that out.

    Have you read Tender Buttons? Any reason you picked “In between.”?

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    1. I think the influence I found wrt M-D–TEWWG was indirect/oblique—Hurston tapping into the same archetypal vein as Melville.

      I have read Tender Buttons.

      There is no reasonable reason I posted the image of text for “In Between.”

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