The continuous reading of The Making of Americans
26/04/2019 § Leave a comment
Is it now for eight years that we in the Danish Gertrude Stein Society have been reading Stein’s infamous The Making of Americans? Something like it. We have done it in different ways. On April 11th we met five people around a table – Morten Søndergaard visiting from Italy, Adam Zdrodowski from Poland, along with Solveig Daugaard, Kamilla Löfström and Martin Glaz Serup from around the corner in Copenhagen – and simply started to read aloud. We started on the Martha Hersland-chapter, page 268 in the edition most of us use, and read and talked about a few happy pages. It’s the chapter that starts with I am writing for myself and strangers…
I am writing for myself and strangers. This is the only way that I can do it. Everybody is a real one to me, everybody is like some one else too to me. No one of them that I know can want to know it and so I write for myself and strangers.