Narration: Four Lectures by Gertrude Stein
Newly famous in the wake of the publication of her groundbreaking Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein delivered her Narration lectures to packed audiences at the University of Chicago in 1935. Stein had not been back to her home country since departing for France in 1903, and her remarks reflect on the changes in American culture after thirty years abroad.
...Everybody always has to be listening to something, that is the way it is always anybody has to be listening to something that is what makes life lived the way that is what makes anybody who they are what they are, of course it does any of you think of your life the way it is, you are always listening to some one to something and you are always telling something to some one or to any one. That is life the way it is lived.
I once said and I think it is true that being a genius...more
I said I found this out first listening to Basket my dog drinking. And anybody listening to any dog’s drinking will see what I mean."