February 3, 2012 – American author Gertrude Stein was born on this day in 1874. Although she lived most of her life in Paris, she was born in Allentown, Pa., and became quite influential in the modern American literary movement during the early part of the 20th Century.
Stein was also famous for meeting with writers and artists and exchanging ideas about artistic forms of expression that she referred to as “Saturday evening salons”. She began hosting salons in Baltimore, and later emulated the practice in Paris.
I was able to listen in on one of the Parisian salons, and so were others like me who saw Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. In this clip Kathy Bates plays Stein, who gets to rub elbows with Hemmingway, Fitzgerald and Picasso.
And now for the Fun Friday part: If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s the perfect rental for a Friday night. If you have seen it, why not see it again? You won’t be disappointed.