in the study
of the laboratory
congealed to phrases
a radium of the word
—Mina Loy (Corpses and Geniuses, ‘Gertrude Stein’)
What is the use of a violent kind of delightfulness if there is no pleasure in not getting tired of it. The question does not come before there is a quotation. In any kind of place there is a top to covering and it is a pleasure at any rate there is some venturing in refusing to believe nonsense. It shows what use there is in a whole piece if one uses it and it is extreme and very likely the little things could be dearer but in any case there is a bargain and if there is the best thing to do is to take it away and wear it and then be reckless be reckless and resolved on returning gratitude.
—Gertrude Stein (Tender Buttons, ‘A Substance in a Cushion’)