Women’s History Month. Today’s show is a tribute to Gertrude Stein, who lived from 1874 to 1946. Jack plays Stein’s reading of “IF I TOLD HIM: A Completed Portrait of Picasso” (1923) and comments on the piece. “Stein’s portrait is a portrait of Picasso, but it is also a portrait of Gertrude Stein, who is ‘Idem the Same’ as Picasso and who, like Picasso, is a performer. (Her famous ‘at homes’ were a mode of theater; her recorded reading of ‘If I Told Him’ is one of her best.) ‘If I Told Him’ is not Gertrude Stein at her most difficult, but it is by no means a simple piece, and it expresses with extraordinary clarity issues which go to the center of her life as an artist. ‘Gertrude Stein knocked,’ Stein wrote in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, ‘and Picasso opened the door and we went in.’” Part one of two.
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