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Posted by luno in Stein, General (Tuesday July 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm)
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Notes on Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
She was interested in types, she knew that there were femme décorative, femme d’intérieur, and femme intrigante…
the wives of geniuses
The world was a theatre for you…
Picasso says of Alice: she looks like Lincoln.
Picasso’s making a thing, bound to be ugly. Those who follow […]

“Vienese [sic] lunatic”

Posted by luno in Stein, Weininger (Sunday July 20, 2008 at 1:26 pm)
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Notes on James R. Mellow, Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein and Company
Editor’s note: Mellow’s was an early reference to the Stein’s Otto Weininger connection, it seems, with a view to ridicule by association.
Stein’s characterological obsession is suggested as having its origin with Weininger. [It is more likely that Weininger provided her much needed corroboration for […]

Bottom nature

Posted by luno in Stein, Weininger (Sunday July 20, 2008 at 10:22 am)
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Notes on Leon Katz, “Weininger and The Making of Americans”
Editor’s note: Katz was one of the first to call serious attention to Otto Weininger’s influence on Gertrude Stein.
Ignorance of the “continuity” in Stein’s art from “Melanctha” through The Making of Americans has fed the judgment that her work devolved into capriciousness and irresponsibility.
Characterology is […]

On Otto Weininger

Posted by vmunoz in Weininger (Tuesday June 3, 2008 at 10:59 am)
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Bianco Luno often refers to Otto Weininger in the notes of this period. The reader may perhaps be less familiar with Weininger than with the other names Luno cites. Briefly, Weininger published a book entitled Sex and Character in May of 1903 in Vienna. On October 4th of that year he shot himself in the […]

An “Attack on Jewdom,” or what?

Posted by luno in anti-Semitism, Weininger (Friday February 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm)
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Notes on Steven Beller, Vienna and The Jews 1867-1938: A Cultural History
Editor’s note: Rare praise from Luno for a writer on the subject of Otto Weininger. See related notes on Barbara Hamann and upcoming commentary on George Steiner and Elie Wiesel. (Featured in this post is one of Luno’s sermons to the profession of philosophy.)
Contrasting […]

“…my God he was wrong.”

Posted by luno in misogyny, Wittgenstein, philosophy and sex, male criminality, Weininger (Tuesday February 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm)
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Notes on M. O’C. Drury, “Some Notes on Conversations” (with Wittgenstein)
Drury recalls what Wittgenstein said about Otto Weininger.
He alludes to von Wright’s remarks on Wittgenstein’s high regard for Weininger. Wittgenstein recommended Sex and Character to Drury as “a work of remarkable genius” and Drury remembers that Wittgenstein said that Weininger, at twenty-one and before anyone […]

On being criminal, Jewish, a woman, Woolf, Weininger, Wittgenstein, Rhees and Russia

Posted by luno in Woolf, misogyny, Marx, political philosophy, anti-Semitism, feminism, suicide, Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm)
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Notes on Rush Rhees, “Postscript” (on Wittgenstein)
Editor’s note: Luno comments on Rush Rhees’ published recollections, a chief source for biographical understanding of certain perceived peculiarities of Wittgenstein’s makeup, specifically, his relationship to his Jewishness, to Otto Weininger, women, and politics. In the course of these notes, Luno offers one of his more remarkable summations of […]

Luno Reads Wittgenstein Reads Weininger

Posted by luno in misogyny, wake, Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm)
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Notes on David G. Stern and Béla Szabados, Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Editor’s note: Luno comments on Stern, David G. and Szabados, Béla, “Reading Wittgenstein (on) Reading: An Introduction” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger, (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 1-28. He has something to say about every essay in the collection.
While there is little, in our judgment, that […]

A Wittgenstein and Weininger frittata

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:40 pm)
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Notes on Béla Szabados, “Eggshells or Nourishing Yolk? A Portrait of Wittgenstein as a Weiningerian” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Szabados distinguishes the “externalist-negative” approach to characterizing Otto Weininger’s influence on Wittgenstein from a more direct and substantial effect on nearly every major theme or methodology in Wittgenstein. The first and usual approach has been largely centered […]

Animality: transcendence and acknowledgment

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm)
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Notes on Alan Janik, “Weininger and the Two Wittgensteins” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Janik discusses the sources of Wittgenstein’s and Weininger’s alleged self-hatred, citing Steven Beller’s study of the significance of self-criticism in the context of Viennese Jewish secularization. (See our notes on Beller, Vienna and the Jews: 1867-1938, Cambridge, 1989).
A difference between Weininger and Wittgenstein […]

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