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May 18, 2010 |
Robert Bartlett Haas, a longtime UCLA educator who spent years immersed in the writings of Gertrude Stein, has died. He was 94. Haas died April 20 in a hospital in Nuertingen, Germany, after a brief illness, said his son, Peter. He had spent most of his retirement years in Germany. Haas' interest in Stein, the experimental American writer and poet, dated to his years as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. They started corresponding and finally met in 1946, shortly before her death in France at age 72. Haas "was one of the young men who sought out Gertrude Stein as a mentor and was rewarded with years of encouragement and friendship and who, in turn, devoted a measure of his academic life to bolstering Stein's reputation," Timothy Young, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, told The Times in an e-mail.
December 7, 2008
There's just no accounting for taste. When we asked readers to talk about the places they visited but thought were overrated, the results amazed us. Can someone really dislike the Grand Canyon? Yes. In fact, two readers did. Others registered their displeasure with Italy; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Washington, D.C. For the complete list of comments, go to latimes.com/overrated . And if you disagree, please leave your comments there. Place: Bali Last visited: 2000 My perspective: It was the ending port of our cruise from Hong Kong to Bali.
October 14, 2007 |
I want to start with the title. The "two lives" referred to are those of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and the author presumes a kind of familiarity, using only their first names. Neither Stein nor Toklas would have welcomed this. In a tip of the cap to Stein's title "Three Lives," the absent third person here is the author herself. The second word in the opening of "Two Lives" is the first-person pronoun, and "I" figures largely throughout.
February 13, 2006 |
The actors were getting tongue-tied as they struggled to learn the lyrics of a new musical about author Gertrude Stein. One by one, they stumbled and stuttered over lines drawn from Stein's own idiosyncratic works: "And to in and in and six and another." But director Frank Galati and composer Stephen Flaherty have experience in tackling tough material. After all, they helped turn E.L. Doctorow's sprawling novel, "Ragtime," into a Tony Award-winning musical in 1998.
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June 8, 2000
Someone should tell distinguished Pomona College alumna Lynda Obst (May 31) that when Gertrude Stein said, "There's no there there," she was speaking of Oakland, not L.A. GORDON COHN Long Beach
April 3, 2000 |
"The Mother of Us All" is, but for one problem, the ideal candidate for America's national opera. Written in 1945 and 1946 in the glow of World War II victory, it is about suffragette Susan B. Anthony, about battles won and hope for a just American future. It waves flags but not unrealistically. It has, in fact, a subtly wistful tone; its words are Gertrude Stein's last--she died of cancer just as she completed the libretto. Her language is pure American dialect but artfully assembled.