Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Mural: Gertrude and Alice

This is a detail from a huge mural downtown on Franklin Street.  Gertrude Stein has famously been quoted as saying about Oakland that "There is no there there."  The quote actually pertains to a visit to her childhood home, which had been torn down.  Still feeling the sting of this presumed put down, the city sometimes flies a flag at the top of the Tribune Building that says "There."

Still out of town and using autopost.

9 comments:

  1. «Louis» didn't know the rest of the story...

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  2. Great mural, didn't know about the flag. What fun.

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  3. Quite a mural... any idea who painted it ?

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  4. That's great. I've never seen the flag, but will look for it!

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  5. I love it when a put-down town pushes back!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  6. That's funny... I knew the Stein quote, but not the story behind it. Besides Gertrude's "autobiography" of Alice, a nice read is a novel featuring them, Truon's The Book of Salt.

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