They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it: a yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925)

Organised by Irene Revell and Anna Barham

On New Year’s Eve of 1974/5 Stein's 925 page novel was read aloud in a ‘marathon’ 48-hour reading at Artists Space in New York, organised by Alison Knowles, Annea Lockwood, Ruth Anderson and Jean Rigg, starting a tradition that has continued into the present. After a 'mini-marathon' in London last Summer as part of Longplayer Day we proposed to slow down the format and read the book over the whole of 2020, in 4-hour chunks roughly every four weeks on a weekend afternoon.  Since meeting in groups is not possible at the moment we have taken the project online and are meeting for two hours every two weeks instead.  Please contact ayearwithstein (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like to join us.

Upcoming sessions (20 - 22h GMT):

Weds 2 December

We are broadcasting each session live in the player at the top of the page, or listen to the previous recordings below:


With thanks to all the readers:
Miranda Clow, Daniela Cascella, Sarah Chatwin, Tony White, Vanda Playford, Jennifer Hodgson, Teresa Cos, Kerstin Schroedinger, Naoko Takahashi, Karen DiFranco, Sabrina Fuller, Julia Calver, Esmerelda Valencia Lindström, Tom Ackers, Keira Greene, Lucy A Sames, Rosie Eveleigh, Charlotte Prodger, Amy Tobin, Holly Antrum, Harriet Plewis, Beth Bramich, Conal McStravick, Oreet Ashery, Iris Barham-Mooney, Catherine Grant, Cristina Ramos, Lucy Gunning , Marita Fraser, Ami Clarke, David Osbaldeston, Sarah Jones, Casey O'Connell, Frances Scott, Cathy Lane, Althea Greenan, Tahani Nadim, Paul Abbott, Angus Carlyle, Adrian Searle, Helena Reckitt, Lucy Woollett, Pat O'Connor, Katherine MacBride, Cherry Smyth, Sharon Gal, Claudia Molitor, Stephen Wilson, Joanna Raczynska, Louise Gray, Cathy Lane, Phil Coy, Georgia Perkins, Susan Trangmar, Ingrid Pollard, Claire Holdsworth, Serena Braida, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Christian Mooney, Judith Dean, Lee Triming, Caterina Avataneo, Fari Bradley, Anne Tallentire

Session 1 part 1 - 11/01/20

Session 1 part 2

Session 2 part 1 - 01/02/20

Session 2 part 2

Session 3 part 1 - 07/03/20

Session 3 part 2

Session 4 - 27/03/20

Session 5 - 09/04/20

Session 6 - 22/04/20

Session 7 - 06/05/20

Session 8 - 19/05/20

Session 9 - 02/06/20

Session 10 - 16/06/20

Session 11 - 10/07/20

Session 12 - 14/07/20

Session 13 - 29/07/20

Session 14 - 12/08/20

Session 15 - 09/09/20

Session 16 - 23/09/20

Session 17 - 06/10/20

Session 18 - 20/10/20

Session 19 - 04/11/20

Session 20 - 17/11/20

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