Thanks for the link, Prestidigitweeze, itís an interesting essay. This phrase
Steinís works of consciousness depend on a readerís consciousness, and unconscious, to engage them. Otherwise, her writing is flat, the rhythms and play of her words lost along with her biting wit and clarity.
seems to describe best why her texts are difficult if youíre not in the right mind to read them. (Cue dismissive joke about the ambivalence of the term right mind
here, if you must, readers of stories.)