Isaac Bickerstaffe

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Isaac Bickerstaffe


Byline: ISAAC BICKERSTAFFE

*THE relationship between literary genius Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946)and her companion Alice B Toklas (1877 -1967)hasalwaysintriguedscholars. Stein loved Toklas but called her 'sordid', 'unimaginative', 'aprostitute type', 'a coward', 'conscienceless', 'mean'and'justplainrotten'.Their biographer, Janet Malcolm, says: 'Toklas does all the work - she is cook,housekeeper, typist, secretary - but in beditisSteinwholabours.'Indeed, Stein complained that she gave Toklas orgasms but got none in return.Fancy!

*DILETTANTE Trevor White has long used his Dubliner magazine as a vehicle to'shock the bourgeoisie' in the manner of long-dead French intellectuals.

Past targets include the wife of Tiger Woods, of whom a mocked up pornographicimage is wending its way through the courts. Similarly, a frankly racist pieceabout a 'black doctor named Moses' caused a spot of bother. It seems thatWhite, pictured, has not learned the lesson, though. The Dubliner website iscurrently running a series 'examining the lighter side of totalitarian massmurder'. Should be a barrel of laughs.

*AS HAS been reported, the Vatican suspended a senior priest who detailed pastassignations with other men in his Vatican apartment. On TV the priest wassilhouetted to preserve his anonymity. Unhappily for the errant cleric,vigilant assistants to the SuccessorofStPeterunearthedhis identity upon recognising the apartment's furnishings. Brought down by hischoice of interior design - somehow it all makes sense.

*YESTERDAY a barrel of U.S. light crude oil moved past the $86 mark to peak at$89. 79. Small wonder the conviction is growing that George W Bush invaded Iraqto safeguard future U. …

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