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Saturday, February 25, 2023


“Coffee is real good when you drink it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.”                                                  --Gertrude Stein. 

Author, poet, social critic and patron of the arts, Gertrude Stein, right, and her life’s companion Alice B. Toklas [photo above] are seated in 1922 inside their art filled apartment in Paris. Note the coffee cup and saucer on the table with perhaps a sherry nearby. The apartment was located at 27 rue de Fleurus, where the ex-pat Americain lived for 35 years. 

In the photo (below) taken in May 1930, one will note that Stein or Toklas or both had rearranged the décor, especially the artwork. Pablo Picasso’s portrait of Stein is in the upper right of the image.


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