June 26th, 2009 § § permalink
At the beginning of Jill Godmilow’s 1987 film WAITING FOR THE MOON GertrudeandAlice, played by Linda Bassett and Linda Hunt, are sitting in the garden of their country home proofreading a manuscript. This was probably not an uncommon scene in their lives. What makes the film’s opening shot so unusual is that there is a crying baby in the picture.
Linda Bassett and Linda Hunt in WAITING FOR THE MOON
When I first saw the movie when it was released, I assumed that the child was Hemingway’s son and that GertrudeandAlice were babysitting. It was not until the DVD version of the film came out a few years ago with a director’s interview as an added feature that I learned the baby was supposed to be GertrudeandAlice’s child.
Ms. Godmilow says in the interview that since it is impossible to make an historically accurate, biographical film about famous people, a film may include any incidents or characters which tell the story the way the filmmaker wants to present it. In this case GertrudeandAlice have a baby. (The film was criticized for its historical inaccuracies, but that’s another blog.)
Children and GertrudeandAlice, however, seem to fit.
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June 22nd, 2009 § § permalink
When I write or speak about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, the question arises as to how they should be addressed. Should it always be “Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas” or “Miss Stein and Miss Toklas” or “Gertrude and Alice” or somewhat coldly “Stein and Toklas?”
I inaugurated the term “GertrudeandAlice” (one word) when I began this web site since to me they are one interdependent entity and I now use it regularly. “Gertrice/Altrude” was used in an essay about their relationship a number of years ago, though to me that sounds like a new anti-whatever drug advertised on CNN with a myriad of side effects worse than the disorder. » Read the rest of this entry «
June 18th, 2009 § § permalink
One of the questions I am asked most frequently pertaining to GertrudeandAlice is how I became interested in them and what prompted me to begin collecting items relating to them. As I’ve told the story so many times over the years, certain phrases find their way into the narrative. With each telling, before I use a phrase, I often try to catch myself wondering if someone has heard me tell this before and should I therefore try to relate the circumstances in a different or more creative way. (So for those of you who have heard this before with those familiar phrases, my apologies.)
It all began almost 25 years ago after reading the book, CHARMED CIRCLE: Gertrude Stein and Company by James R. Mellow. I’d been interested for a long time in the art and artists of the period between the two World Wars and somehow Stein and the artists around her made it even more exciting for me. After finishing the book, I wondered if it was possibly to find first editions of Gertrude Stein’s works at an affordable price. I started looking for books in antiquarian bookstores (this was before eBay was around). I began finding some. I think the first one was in a bookstore in Santa Fe on a business trip. I don’t recall which book it was, but I believe it may have been the American edition of WARS I HAVE SEEN. » Read the rest of this entry «