I thought I would never see again an essay about Gertrude Stein. Her place in our imaginations, it seemed to me, was shrinking. Yet today, here she is again via Lynne Tillman reviewing a new edition of Ida from Yale University Press. This quote may get you thinking
Stein wielded the novelty and surprise of her prose partly to explain how novelty and surprise surface from generation to generation, and theorized why the new in art and writing may first be thought ugly, then later beautiful or classic.
Explaining novelty and surprise?