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Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.
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Renate Stendhal, Ph.D., is a German-born, Paris-educated writer and writing coach. Among her publications is the award-winning photo-biography Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures. Her cultural reviews are at, her Gertrude Stein blog at Forthcoming in early 2014 is her book Lesbian Marriage: A Sex Survival Kit (with Kim Chernin).

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"Monsieur Ambivalence: A Post-Literate Fable", by Thomas Fuller, With Two "Ambivalent" Poems by Joan Gelfand and Claire Rubin

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:38 AM


You may remember the bestseller by Alain de Botton, How Reading Proust Can Change Your Life.

Maybe your life did change. Maybe you set out to finally read Proust. How about trying it again, this time with Pascal? The great French mathematician and...

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Ellen at the Oscars: Where's the Gaydar?

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Is there anyone who can wear a tux like Ellen? Rhetorical question and full disclosure: When I wrote about the weapons of mass distraction, I considered negging out of the Academy Awards, as you may not remember. I turned NEGative attitude into positive action by applying the Power...

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Of Genius, Cable Cars and Duck Shoes

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:47 AM


Birthdays do what birthdays must, giving rise to repetitive thoughts. Gertrude Stein's birthday has just come around again on February 3rd. Born in 1874, she was one year younger than the first San Francisco cable car, "a form of transportation...

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Negging Out: The Power of No

(7) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Negativity is a bad thing, right? "Negativity can only feed on negativity," if we believe Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. I'm not so sure any more. I recently noticed that I've been cultivating the thing. I'm even quite fond of it, to tell you the truth. Looking at the year-end list of movies...

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'Quartered'/Weapons of Mass Distraction

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:27 PM



Fifteen minutes to read the morning news
Fifteen minutes to listen -- oh! To listen! To Massanet.
Fifteen minutes to transform under steamy stream of shower
Fifteen minutes to talk to my daughter.

Into pieces life divided
Cut up sliced...

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