Retallack on Waldrop on Stein

Judicious situation of a quotation.

What exceeds anything in [Otto] Weininger’s philosophically pretentious, utterly congested “deductive morphologies,” as well as Stein’s own reductive cataloguing, is the way she has begun to conjecture in the act of her writing that, as Keith Waldrop has put it, “the essential of ‘each human being’ is a rhythm … [and] to express that rhythm expresses the person. There is actually no need to talk about the subject.”

Joan Retallack is quoting from Keith Waldrop’s introduction to Useful Knowledge (Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1988) in her introduction to Gertrude Stein: Selections (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).

And so for day 2298

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