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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Are You Plain Spoken?

I'm all for clarity, but not plain speaking.


Clarity helps get your point across.


But plain speaking is just dull.


As luck would have it, this weekend my wife and I caught a terrific Smithsonian exhibit on its final day.


We saw more than 100 photos, paintings, sculptures and artifacts depicting the career of Gertrude Stein, our original Kim Kardashian.


Seeing Gertrude Stein showcased America's first "celebrity-for-being-a-celebrity," best known for paling around in Paris with Picasso, rooming with the homely Alice B. Toklas, and showing up in Woody Allen's latest film.


Of all the pieces on display, I loved most the vests Stein made so famous.


In her manner of dressing, living and speaking, Stein knew how to make a statement.


"It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken," she famously wrote in 1923.

How about you? Are you plain spoken?

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