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Triple Canopy to Celebrate New Space with Marathon Reading of Stein's The Making of Americans

By Harriet Staff

Triple Canopy has some great ideas. To celebrate the opening (finally! hooray!) of their new space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which they'll share with nonprofts Light Industry (a cinema) and The Public School New York (an "open-source classroom with no curriculum"), they're conducting a 48-hour marathon reading of Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans. GalleristNY writes:

[The space] is too small to hold a big party, so the marathon reading is acting like “a version of an open house,” [Triple Canopy Editor Sam] Frank said. People will cycle in and out and readers will read for as little as 15 minutes or as much as an hour (“in the middle of the night people can kind of go on for as long as they want,” Mr. Frank said). So far, the line-up of readers includes the poet Charles Bernstein (who, admirably, will read for an hour), the novelist Lynne Tillman and the actor Jim Fletcher.

Word on the street is that quite a few poets are involved, in fact. Triple Canopy gives us some background:

Gertrude Stein and The Making of Americans have been central to conversations between literature, art, and publishing for more than a century; and those histories and connections are, in turn, central to Triple Canopy’s publishing and programming in Greenpoint, online, and elsewhere. Stein composed The Making of Americans from 1903 to 1911, though it remained unpublished until 1925, in an edition of 500. The novel wasn’t reprinted in full until 1966, by Fluxus artist and poet Dick Higgins’s Something Else Press (New York), making the book available to a new generation of writers and artists. From 1974 to 2000, Paula Cooper Gallery hosted marathon readings of The Making of Americans around New Year’s Eve, including Higgins, Alison Knowles, and John Cage, among many others. Triple Canopy’s read-in will revive and update that tradition, marking the continuing, branching (if largely subliminal) course of Stein’s book through our culture.

Dalkey Archive Press will have their edition of the novel available to read from and for purchase. Head over to 155 Freeman in Greenpoint at any hour between January 20 and January 22 "so that we can tell our story really."

Originally Published: January 4th, 2012