Gertrude Stein was a beloved and fierce poet, art collector, and children’s book writer. In this crackly 1934 interview, the interviewer asked her to explain a recent poem. She responded, ”But after all you must enjoy my writing, and if you enjoy it, you understand it. If you do not enjoy it, why do you make a fuss about it? There is the real question.”
She sounds feisty, doesn’t she? I bet she was one of those people who told the truth all the time, even when it hurt. Do you have someone like her in your life?
Another Gertrude Stein tell-it-like-it-is quote found here.
P.S. — This dose of cool was written by one of Design Mom’s newest editors, Koseli Cummings. I like her style already. I promise a more formal introduction soon! Also, did you see Midnight in Paris? Stein’s character makes me want to have the sort of home where artists and writers want to congregate.