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A historical and critical documentary about writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). Different voices are used to recreate people in Stein's life, as well as Stein herself (played by Eleanor Sully, former head of Drama and Literature Department at KPFA). Others at KPFA in the cast include: Ellen Dubrowin (subscription registrar); Kathy McAnally (Public Affairs Dept.); Warren Van Orden (Business Manager); Alan Snitow (News Director); Charles Amirkhanian (Music Director). Criticism of Stein is based on her traditional relationship with Alice B. Toklas and her middle-class mores. Also included in the program is the real Gertrude Stein reading her own word poems (including "If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso," "An Early Portrait of Henri Matisse", "A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson") and the real Alice B. Toklas reading her recipe for hashish brownies, as well as a little history. Produced by Linda Schiffman.

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